Proportional Representation

Britain's long and painful journey towards a truly fair electoral

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:

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.

David Owen: I support a PR system, but I will be voting

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.

Critics of deal with Tories emboldened by PM's announcement

The parliamentary Liberal Democrats were locked in talks for much of last night over whether they should join a coalition government with the Conservatives or Labour and a so-called "rainbow coalition" of smaller parties. Discussions began at 10pm and ended just after midnight, with further talks planned for today.

No deal without electoral reform, party warns Clegg

Nick Clegg will be forced to face the growing concerns within his party over co-operating with a Tory government amid unease that the Liberal Democrats may fail to secure any major concessions on changing Britain's voting system.

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