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

Row over campaign tactics sours Cabinet meeting

Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister, declared that the Conservatives are still “the nasty party” after an unprecedented bust-up over their tactics in the referendum campaign during yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.

The maths of AV: A small step towards a fairer vote

The Yes and No to AV teams both say their voting system is fairer. But which is? We asked mathematician Tony Crilly to do the sums

Vince Cable: No wonder the Tories are so scared of AV

It is only self-interest and the desire to have things their own way that makes the Conservatives so keen on first past the post

Cable makes final plea for 'historic' change to UK's voting system

Business Secretary defies PM and urges voters to back AV – as a former MP labels status quo a 'moonlighter's charter'

Party politics: Why Yes to AV is right up our street

<i>The IoS</i> debates voting systems with bunting and cupcakes

AV debate: The voting system that Cameron is fighting for is a veritable novelty

The Tories are warning that next month's electoral reform referendum flies in the face of history. In fact, Britain's voting system has rarely been left alone, argues Andy McSmith

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.

After years of waiting, reform campaign reaches for its place in history

Campaigning for the historic referendum on voting reform burst into life yesterday as Ed Miliband joined Liberal Democrats and Greens in a cross-party push for a Yes vote.

David Owen: I support a PR system, but I will be voting &lsquo;no&rsquo; in the AV referendum

The referendum on AV has, unsurprisingly, generated very limited enthusiasm. People know they are being used as part of a fix between politicians unwilling to trust voters and let them have a free choice between proportional representation as well as AV and the status quo. Fixes happen in Parliament, but they have no place in the referendum.

Leading article: It is time the dirty tricks ended

No wonder the public don't trust politicians. At the last election Labour was the only party to back the alternative voting system known as AV. Today it is the only party working to block the extremely modest step towards greater electoral fairness. Filibustering Labour peers are staying up all night to talk so much about the details of the bill that it runs out of parliamentary time. So far they have discussed only 12 of 52 amendments. If a referendum on AV is to take place with the local elections on 5 May, as planned, the bill must receive the Royal Assent by 16 February.

Leading article: A vote that makes a difference

Since it was founded 21 years ago, The Independent on Sunday has been in favour of change to a fairer voting system. In the past, we have voiced support for more radical reform than the alternative vote (AV), which is to be put to a referendum on 5 May. But now we are urging people to vote Yes in four months' time on the merits of the case, because AV would be a valuable democratic improvement on the existing system.

Tory hopes shot down amid airbases concern

Tories tumbled to defeat in a Scottish council by-election amid concerns over defence cuts.

John Rentoul: Here lies electoral reform. R.I.P.

The political veteran started life as a much-loved idealist but withered away, neglected and outmoded

Kennedy 'in talks with Labour whips about defecting'

Labour whips have held talks with Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat leader, to try to persuade him to defect, opposition sources said last night.

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

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KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker