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Andy McSmith: Reid was so conservative he made Cameron look like Robespierre

Sketch: Lord Reid's new best friend heard all of this with a frown of polite attention

Do not sleepwalk into AV, warns PM

David Cameron issued a warning to voters today not to "sleepwalk" into a change of voting system for Westminster elections with damaging consequences for Britain's democracy.

Andrew Grice: This referendum is a tricky one for Miliband

Mr Clegg's allies suspect Mr Miliband is playing a double game, with his "don't kick Clegg" plea as his insurance policy

Rivals share platforms as AV battle intensifies

In one of the more curious pairings of the modern political era, David Cameron will today share a platform with the Labour former cabinet heavyweight John Reid as the battle over electoral reform escalates and cuts across party lines.

Ed Miliband: 'This is a referendum on the voting system. Not on Nick Clegg'

The Labour leader writes exclusively for 'The Independent'

AV vote 'will not end coalition'

The voting reform referendum will not spell the end of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, Prime Minister David Cameron insisted today as the parties engaged in an increasingly bitter debate.

Leading article: Myths on voting reform must not prevail

The campaign for a better democracy in Britain has to fight, fight and fight again. According to our ComRes opinion poll today, the No campaign in the referendum has opened up a 6 percentage-point lead, as some of the don't-knows have made up their minds over the past few weeks.

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Ignore cricketers. Listen to, er... a comedian

The No campaign's sport 'stars' claim the Alternative Vote is complicated. Far from it. It's about something as simple as fairness

Why Churchill is hardly the font of all knowledge: Debunking the myths surrounding AV

To combat the No camp's propaganda, Matt Chorley and John Rentoul trawl through the arguments to offer a guide to electoral reform

Labour is No help for Cameron

David Cameron is to take the unprecedented step of joining senior Labour politicians to campaign against the alternative vote, in the clearest sign yet that the No camp fears it could be defeated in next month's referendum.

Poll shows significant lead for AV Yes camp

The campaign for a Yes vote in next month's referendum on electoral reform received a boost today as a new poll suggested that 45 per cent of people intend to support a switch to the alternative vote (AV) system.

Osborne in 'dirty tricks' storm over AV referendum

Chancellor angers Yes campaign with 'dodgy' funding claims

George Osborne wades into AV vote row

Chancellor George Osborne has waded into the increasingly bitter voting reform referendum battle with a claim that the pro-AV camp was using "dodgy" funding.

Billy Bragg: AV would marginalise extremists

The singer Billy Bragg, a high-profile campaigner against the British National Party, will today argue for electoral reform as a crucial step to marginalising extremist politicians.

Leading article: The No campaign is built on fear and cynicism

The No to AV camp does not have a very high opinion of the intellectual capabilities of the British public
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Andy McSmith's Diary: Sting in the tail for Jack Straw, a bridge too far for Malcolm Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind is an aloof grandee who never took much trouble making friends or remembering names. Jack Straw has spent 35 years in the Commons being friendly and keeping his enemies to a minimum. Both, it is assumed, have destroyed their chances of being elevated to the House of Lords after the latest lobbying scandal, but Straw can take some comfort from the reactions of other MPs when he made a reappearance in Parliament today. As he was speaking in the Commons, the maverick right-wing Tory, Jacob Rees Mogg, interrupted to pay tribute to Straw’s “amazing chairmanship” of a committee set up to sort out the fractious argument over the appointment of a new Clerk of the Commons. “It was amazing to see so sophisticated and capable an operator steer us through... I hope he doesn’t mind me interrupting him to put that on the record,” said Mogg.

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