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Let’s get nursing to the top of the election agenda

Campaign with us this general election

Nursing staff are stretched to their limit. Overworked, underpaid, at breaking point.

We can’t stand by and accept more broken promises or inaction. On Thursday 4 July, let's secure the future of nursing for everyone.

A fresh start for nursing

When you invest in nursing, you invest in patients, you invest in society.

We’re asking political parties and candidates for their passion and political will to bring our health and social care services back from the brink.

With the health and social care sector in crisis, nursing staff are rightly angry. But we have the solutions to provide our profession with the fresh start it needs.

We’re ready to make sure our voices, and those of our patients and communities, are heard loud and clear. Are you?

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Get prepared


Can’t make it to the polling station?

Ask someone else to vote on your behalf. Apply for a proxy vote by 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. Remember, in-person voting registration has now closed.

Apply for a proxy vote


Do you have voter ID?

You must show photo ID to vote at polling stations. Check you have the right ID below, or apply for a free voter certificate before 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Apply for free voter ID

You can use any of the following accepted forms of photo ID when voting at a polling station. 

You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.

International travel ID

Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state (Opens in new window) or a Commonwealth country (including an Irish Passport Card) 

Driving and parking ID

Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence)

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Local travel ID

Older Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

Disabled Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

60+ London Oyster Photocard funded by Transport for London

Freedom Pass

Scottish National Entitlement Card issued for the purpose of concessionary travel (including a 60+, disabled or under 22s bus pass)

60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Proof of age ID

Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)

Other government issued documents

Biometric immigration document

Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)

National identity card issued by an EEA state

Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland

Voter Authority Certificate

Anonymous Elector's Document

If you don't have an accepted form of photo ID

You can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate, if:

  • you don't have an accepted form of photo ID
  • you're not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you
  • you're worried about using an existing form of ID for any other reason, such as the use of a gender marker

In Northern Ireland, voters have been required to show ID when voting since 1985, and photo ID since 2003.

Find out more about what photo ID is accepted in Northern Ireland and how to apply for an Electoral Identity Card on the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland website.

This content has been published with permission from the Electoral Commission. 

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Election countdown

Make your voice heard

Get informed

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No more broken promises or inaction

Our demands are laid out in our manifesto. From improved working conditions to securing better health for all, see what we're calling for.

Read our manifesto

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Influencing starts with insight 

Use our nursing workforce insights for England to influence politicians on issues affecting nursing and health and social care.

Get nursing facts

See who's putting health and social care first

We need all political parties to make firm commitments to change for nursing.

But knowing which of your local candidates will make the right decisions for you, your colleagues and our profession might not always be clear.

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Get active

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Tell your candidates what nursing needs

Ask your parliamentary candidates to support our manifesto and give nursing the fresh start it needs. Write to your candidates in just a few quick and easy steps.

Get started

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Quiz your candidates at a local hustings

So, you’ve registered to vote and have your voter ID ready. What’s next? We’re encouraging as many nursing staff as possible to attend their local hustings and speak with door-to-door party canvassers.

Read our guidance

Amplify our manifesto in your workplace and on social media

Ready to go public with your support for nursing staff across the UK?

Download our posters for your workplace or add our Twibbon to your social media profile picture on X and Facebook.

You can also add our stickers to your stories on Instagram – just search 'Royal College of Nursing'.

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