I would like to point out that a firm undertaking to carry through such a review has already been made by the Government as part of the propaganda drive to secure acceptance of the Bill among its own supporters. The new offer represents no change whatever, and it is difficult to see how it can be taken seriously.
If the Bill goes forward, effectively unamended, this will be a serious blow to free and open elections in Britain. For the first time, political parties will have usurped the central choice which rightly belongs to the electorate: to decide who precisely will represent the people in Parliament.
I fervently hope the Lords will continue to stand firm on this key principle.
KEN COATES MEP
(Nottinghamshire North and Chesterfield, Lab)