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Labour plans to guarantee referendum on electoral system reform
« on: December 02, 2009, 09:18:26 am »
Labour plans to guarantee referendum on electoral system reform
• AV could replace first-past-the-post Westminster system
• Re-elected government would hold vote by October 2011

Gordon Brown is to introduce a law to guarantee that a re-elected Labour government would hold a referendum within two years on abolishing Britain's first-past-the-post system for elections to the Westminster parliament.

Electoral reformers hailed the move to abolish the winner takes all system which gave Labour 55% of the seats in the House of Commons in 2005 on an overall share of just 35.3% of the vote.

Ministers are to introduce paving legislation within months to ensure a referendum by October 2011 on replacing the first-past-the-post system with the Alternative Vote (AV) system.

Jack Straw, the justice secretary, will introduce the change in an amendment to the constitutional renewal bill. This will amount to paving legislation for a referendum on whether to introduce AV, to be held no later than October 2011.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/dec/01/electoral-system-reform-referendum-plan

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