Number of voters on electoral roll jump in city

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VOTING numbers are up in Portsmouth, after the city beat the national average for signing new people up to the electoral register.

The city recorded a 3.15 per cent increase in residents registered to have their say in local and national elections in 2010 – higher than the national average increase of 1.5 per cent.

It means the city scored the 23rd highest increase in the UK on 2009’s figures.

The only other Hampshire city in the top 50 was Winchester, 26th, with a 3.02 per cent jump.

Gosport was the only area of the county to experience a fall. Its drop of 0.08 per cent was the 49th biggest reduction in the country.