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NHS tops poll as most important issue to students

An election debate featuring MPs from all five English parties has been held at Birmingham City University this evening as a poll conducted by the university finds that the NHS is the most important issue to students.

A debate featuring all five English parties took place at Birmingham City University this evening Credit: Joseph Devo

The results mirror the latest Ipsos Mori monthly issues index, which polls the wider population and frequently shows the NHS as the number one priority for voters.

Nearly 20 per cent of student respondents said the NHS was the most important issue to them, closely followed by immigration at 17.6 per cent. The same percentage was returned for tuition fees, closely followed by unemployment at 12.8 per cent and low wages at 11.7 per cent.

Our poll shows that students place the same amount of importance on the future of the NHS as the wider population.

We are the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS, and many of our students feel passionately about it as an election issue.

– Louise Toner, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University

A new poll asking students 'Which party are you planning on voting for?' goes out today.

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Peterborough City Council "incredibly sorry" after postal ballot papers mix-up

The Town Hall in Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough City Council say that they are "incredibly sorry" after almost 2,000 people living in the city were sent the wrong postal ballot paper.

Voters in the local authority wards of Park, North and East Stanground may have received the incorrect ballot sheets for either North West Cambridgeshire or Peterborough constituencies.

Peterborough City Council has put the problem down to "human error" at the printers. Replacement ballot papers are expected to go out before the end of the week.

"On Tuesday 21 April we were notified that voters in three local authority wards of Peterborough; Park, North and Stanground East may have incorrectly received parliamentary election ballot sheets for either North West Cambridgeshire or Peterborough constituencies.

We immediately contacted the Electoral Commission to discuss with them how best to put this situation right and have now written to each resident affected explaining what to do next.

A mistake was made by the company that printed and posted the ballot forms on our behalf. Our hard working team of election staff is now working round the clock to make sure everybody affected receives new ballot papers and no incorrect votes are counted.

We are obviously incredibly sorry for the inconvenience caused."

– Gillian Beasley, chief executive of Peterborough City Council

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