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Archbishop Sentamu protests over locked-out voters

Dr John Sentamu

Dr John Sentamu

The  Anglican Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has issued a protest over the number of people prevented from voting due to lack of facilities at polling stations in last night's General Election.

Dr Sentamu said in a statement: "It's scandalous that hundreds of people were prevented from exercising their right to vote due to polling stations closing as people queued and in one case due to a lack of ballot papers.

"I have in my own way been encouraging people to vote and I am bitterly disappointed that they were not able to do so.  We all knew that this would be a closely fought election and how important each vote would be and I find it very hard to believe that arrangements were not in place to accommodate increased voter turnout.  It is an outrage!"