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Ken Ritchie: What's so special about "my" MP?

'The first-past-the-post [FPTP] voting system goes back to before time, almost." So said Richard Shepherd MP in the Commons in February. But it is not the case. There is nothing untouchable about our voting system, and when our forebears found reasons to change it, they did. We may have the "mother of parliaments", but her children have rejected her old ways.

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Difficult conversation of the day

After "megastar" Peppa Pig was stopped from appearing at a Labour Party mini-manifesto launch by her licensing company, Children's Secretary Ed Balls said: "Peppa did tell me that not only is she a supporter of universal Sure Start but would be quite worried if George Pig lost his child trust fund." Wouldn't want to have to break the news to him.

Tories accuse Lib Dems of 'holding country to ransom'

The Conservatives today accused Nick Clegg of trying to "hold the country to ransom" after the Liberal Democrat leader spelt out some of the conditions under which he would offer his party's support in a hung Parliament.

Nick Clegg hints he could work with Labour

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg indicated today he would be prepared to support a Labour Party which had slumped to third in the share of the vote - but he would not let Gordon Brown retain the keys to No 10.

Splits emerge in Labour's election strategy

Alan Johnson breaks cover to say Labour should not fear deal with Liberal Democrats

I want to push this all the way, declares Clegg

Nick Clegg will demand that Gordon Brown improves on his "miserable little compromise" of limited electoral reform as the price of propping up Labour in a hung parliament.

Electoral reform: So, just what system would give a fair result?

Even if Labour gets fewer votes, it can still beat the Tories. John Rentoul weighs up the possible alternatives and finds they all have their good points – and bad

Pam Giddy: At least one party gets the urgency of political reform

Safe seats are as shameful as the rotten boroughs of the 18th century

Parties unveil plans to clean up politics following expenses scandal

Almost a year after Westminster was convulsed by the expenses crisis, the political parties are vying to take the toughest line on dealing with corrupt MPs.

Gordon Brown pledges 'comprehensive' constitutional reform

Gordon Brown promised the "most comprehensive programme of constitutional reform for a century" as he sought to seize the initiative in the General Election campaign today.

Clegg dismisses Labour vote pledges

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg today dismissed Labour promises to overhaul the voting system, likening them to a "consumer guarantee from Del Boy".

Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon: You Ask The Questions

The Former leader of the Liberal Democrats answers your questions, such as 'Should we abolish appointed Lords?' and 'When are you planning to retire?'

Plans to reform House of Lords in the pipeline

After almost a century of promises from politicians of differing hues, the Government is finally poised to publish firm plans to make the House of Lords wholly elected, it has emerged.

Andrew Grice: Brown's insurance against defeat

Gordon Brown's deathbed conversion to electoral reform may look like pure opportunism and widening the goalposts for his team just as the match kicks off. But in a few months, it might just be a clever insurance policy that pays a handsome reward.

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