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Forget policy proposals, it is the choices made by political leaders on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that really give the public a chance to see into both their souls and their desire to be seen as accessible.

Blair told to give a date for joining euro

TONY BLAIR came under pressure yesterday to name a date for entry into the European single currency after ministers signalled earlier this week that it was no longer "if" but "when" Britain would join.

Angry Ashdown accuses Straw over PR referendum hold-up

PADDY ASHDOWN, who has been in close contact with Tony Blair over the presentation of the Jenkins report on electoral reform, is livid with Jack Straw.

Monitor: The Jenkins report

Reaction to the recommendations of the Independent Commission on the Voting System, chaired by Roy Jenkins

Blair fights Cabinet splits over vote reform

TONY BLAIR has ordered the Cabinet to fall into line to avoid damaging splits over the Jenkins report on electoral reform, which was published yesterday, proposing the biggest shake-up in the voting system for more than a century.

Electoral Reform: Blair plays a referendum waiting game

TONY BLAIR yesterday left the door open for a national referendum on proposals to be announced today for the biggest upheaval in the voting system since the Great Reform Act.

Blair to break PR promise

LORD JENKINS of Hillhead, the former SDP leader who has been conducting an inquiry into electoral reform, will concede in his report this week that his proposals for introducing a more proportional voting system cannot be implemented before the next general election.

The Sketch: Blame game kicks off as new owners try to stop the rot

YOU MIGHT have thought a three-month recess would have put paid to quibbles over inheritance which have occasionally made the House of Commons seem like a rowdy extension of the Court of Chancery.

Letter: Tories and Europe

Sir: In discouraging British membership of the euro, William Hague has marked out new territory on which his discredited party can regroup. "Wait and see on the euro" and many other Tory policies were skillfully adapted by New Labour.

Getting in touch with my inner snob

IT IS always something of a surprise when the Britain's smoothest man pops up on TV, as if he were still at the centre of national life. Didn't he use to be Cecil Parkinson? Something rather big in the Eighties, a spot of bother with an affair? What on earth is he up to these days?

What next? Vouchers for voting?

SHOULD voting be compulsory in British elections? It is in Australia, where there was a general election yesterday, and a House of Commons committee is sufficiently worried about low turnouts to suggest that similar legislation may be necessary here. Think back 17 months, to the sense of anticipation and release that accompanied last year's general election, and the committee's anxiety seems misplaced. John Major's government was regard- ed as sleazy and out of touch, so voters went to the polls in droves and rewarded New Lab- our with a landslide majority.

Blairites trounced by left in NEC poll

TONY BLAIR suffered his biggest setback since becoming Labour leader last night as left-wingers captured four seats on the party's ruling body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).

Party Conferences: Activists rebuffed on trust proposal

PADDY ASHDOWN vowed to press ahead with radical proposals to shift power over schools to parents from local councillors in spite of overwhelming party opposition.

We must admit that we don't have all the answers

Liberal Democrats must show we are part of a reform process that reaches beyond our party

PR opposed by Labour grass roots

STRONG EVIDENCE of grassroots Labour opposition to proportional representation emerged last night in a survey of 150 constituency party chairmen.
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