Wednesday, February 10, 2010

MPs back voting reform referendum - Telegraph

MPs back voting reform referendum - Telegraph:

The Commons has voted to allow a referendum that could herald the end of Westminster’s traditional first-past-the-post system of electing MPs.

Any Labour rebellion faded away as most of Gordon Brown’s MPs, allied with the Liberal Democrats, passed a vote with an overwhelming majority.

It means if Labour is elected there is likely to be a referendum next year on whether a new method of returning MPs should be brought in.

The Prime Minister has argued that the new Alternative Vote system could help reform Parliament in the wake of the expenses scandal. Under AV voters rank the candidates in preference which means the winner must secure at least 50 per cent of the vote to be returned to Westminster.

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