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

PM looks ahead with electoral reform plan

Gordon Brown will today promise an elected House of Lords and open the door to electoral reform as part of a sweeping package to "clean up politics" after the MPs' expenses scandal.

Andrew Grice: If Gordon Brown can survive this, he can survive anything

The prospect of an early election under a new leader has scared many MPs off

Brown vows not to 'walk away'

Gordon Brown today sought to face down his critics, vowing that he would not "walk away" in the face of political and economic difficulties.

Super Sea The Stars sails home in Derby

Dual Classic winner 'found it all so easy, almost too good,' says Kinane

Alan Watkins: Labour has lost all its stuffing

Punched and pummelled from all sides, there is scarcely anything left of the party

Letters: Reforming cabinet reshuffles

Next target for reform: cabinet reshuffles

Michael Brown: Voters have remembered Tories are rich grandees

When David Cameron reads this morning's latest ComRes survey it might cool his ardour for an immediate general election – and should make him less dismissive of proportional representation. These figures, which put the Tories at 30 per cent (down 15 points on last month) give them a mere 8 per cent lead over Labour – whose ratings are nevertheless similarly dire. With "others" on 30 per cent, these figures would result in a hung parliament.

Cameron pays the price of expenses scandal

Independent poll finds huge surge in support for fringe parties

Campaign for Democracy: What can we learn from the rest of the world?

In the wake of the expenses scandal, Britain is debating how to reform politics to create a more accountable and fair system. We asked our writers around the globe to examine the relevant lessons from abroad

Clegg: No holidays until we clean up Parliament

MPs should be barred from taking their summer break until the constitutional crisis sparked by the expenses row is resolved, Nick Clegg has said.

Reform now: 10 ways to save our system

How do we restore the reputation of Parliament? Andy McSmith and Michael Savage asked 10 respected figures at Westminster for their solutions to the crisis engulfing politics

MPs to produce constitutional reform blueprint by summer

Cross-party talks to discuss fixed-term parliaments and removal of members

Leading article: The door is now open for root and branch reform

We have an historic opportunity to remake our political system

John Rentoul: Electoral reform - the floodgates open

Dogs barked, cats miaowed, and Roy Hattersley opposed electoral reform. But not any longer. Everyone except David Cameron seems to be in favour of proportional representation all of a sudden. Alan Johnson has opened the floodgates of irrational responses to the MPs' expenses furore

Cameron pledges to restore 'real people power'

A Tory government would restore "real people power" to address public rage fuelled by the MPs' expenses scandal, Opposition leader David Cameron pledged today.

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