The British love their traditions. That is why the No2AV campaign has used the argument that it is defending a voting system that has served us, so David Cameron claims, for "centuries". But the reality is that our voting system is not a timeless ritual sanctified by antiquity but something that has evolved. Here are some key dates:
Business Secretary defies PM and urges voters to back AV – as a former MP labels status quo a 'moonlighter's charter'
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
<i>The IoS</i> debates voting systems with bunting and cupcakes
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.
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.
Clegg confirms 5 May referendum on electoral reform
David Cameron and Nick Clegg were hit by a rebellion yesterday over their plan to hold a referendum on the voting system next May on the same day as elections to the Scottish Parliament, Welsh assembly and English councils.
Leading Conservatives react with horror to a day of shuttle diplomacy between Lib Dem leader and David Cameron as thousands demonstrate in favour of PR, joining voices calling for the creation of 'traffic light' coalition of the left
The Liberal Democrat leader finds himself at the centre of a power struggle for No 10 – but there are serious doubts over whether he could carry his party into an alliance with the Tories
Voters deserve a "good, stable government", Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said today as he pledged to approach cross-party talks in a "constructive spirit".
David Cameron is set to claim victory if Labour comes third in Thursday's election even if he fails to win an overall majority.
Gordon Brown is braced for a Labour rebellion today against moves to scrap the first-past-the-post voting system.
The MP for Meriden and shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary answers your questions, such as 'Aren't you just a one-man band?' and 'Would you do deals with the Lib Dems?'
The Lib Dem leader tells Andrew Grice why even his party's most cherished policies may have to be sacrificed
Only 9 per cent would support plan for fully elected second chamber