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Nick Clegg denounces claims that AV would cost £250m

Nick Clegg stoked up the Cabinet row over electoral reform by denouncing claims that switching to the alternative vote system would cost £250m as “complete and utter fiction”.

Vote reform would create more marginal seats, says study

A switch from the current first-past-the-post system to the alternative vote (AV) would give more power to the average voter, according to an independent study published today.

Yes campaign denies it kept black poet off leaflets

Campaigners supporting the alternative vote have denied accusations that they "airbrushed" the black poet Benjamin Zephaniah out of leaflets distributed in the Home Counties, Hampshire and Cornwall.

John Rentoul: Here we go again, voting tactically...

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Nick Clegg: This is an achieving coalition – with more to come

Wednesday will mark the anniversary of Gordon Brown being driven to Buckingham Palace to call the 2010 general election.

David Schneider: From Twitter to stand-up, and being counted

The Tories' demise interrupted his solo career, but now he is back on stage and leading the comedy front in the AV referendum Yes campaign. Matt Chorley meets David Schneider

BNP's opposition to AV exploited by Yes campaigners

Voters keen to distance themselves from the far right are courted by advocates of voting reform

'Yes' campaign gets off to a comedy start

It must surely be the first political campaign launch in memory to take place without a politician in sight.

Cameron attacks alternative vote plan

David Cameron launched a fresh broadside against reform of the voting system today, insisting the proposed Alternative Vote (AV) system was unfair, undemocratic and obscure.

Baroness Warsi under fire for invoking BNP in anti-AV speech

Baroness Warsi, the Conservative Party chairman, was accused of scoring a spectacular own goal last night in a speech about the British National Party, provoking calls from some Tory MPs for David Cameron to move her in a summer reshuffle.

AV system 'would give fascists more power'

A switch to the Alternative Vote for Westminster elections would give more power to fascists, Conservative co-chairman Baroness Warsi warned today.

Leading article: The referendum campaign on voting reform has begun. Does it matter?

Yesterday, the curtain was raised on the official campaign in support of a Yes vote in the referendum on the alternative vote on 5 May. Many will be tempted to ask: why should we care? The headlines are crowded with urgent matters of life and death. Japan is experiencing a nuclear emergency. The rebellion in Libya is reaching a crucial stage. There is turmoil across the wider Arab world. And here at home, we are about to experience the most severe spending cuts in a generation.

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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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