Voices

Too many let electoral tactics influence their decision in the polling booth

Hain attacks first-past-the-post system

A shake-up in the way MPs are elected is to be proposed today by the Leader of the House of Commons, Peter Hain, who wants a form of proportional representation.

Sharon fights to lure Labour into coalition

Likud leader needs support of party he thrashed to gain $12bn in American aid

Sharon pushes hard to draw Labour into unity coalition

Despite poll victory Likud leader says he will call new elections rather than form government with far-right parties

Ken wins historic victory

Leading Article: Mr Kennedy's chats with Mr Blair are no substitute for a clear party strategy

CHARLES KENNEDY and his Liberal Democrat colleagues yesterday filed into 10 Downing Street for their first meeting with Labour ministers at the joint cabinet committee since Mr Kennedy became leader of his party. Mr Kennedy was, he told us at the weekend, looking for an "honest, friendly, frank appraisal of where we've got to and where we go from here". He also wanted to issue a threat to the Prime Minster: "If Labour are not able to reconfirm, as it were, a commitment to a referendum on proportional representation for Westminster, I certainly don't see any future prospect for further constitutional co-operation between our parties."

Letter: How to share power

Sir: Your account of the d'Hondt procedure used to allocate ministerial portfolios on the Northern Ireland Executive includes several inaccuracies ("Sharing of seats devised in 18th century", 30 November).
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