Voices

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

Cameron pledges to cut power of the PM

David Cameron today pledges a "massive, sweeping, radical redistribution of power" from state to citizens in a drive to rebuild public trust in politics.

Denham calls for vote on electoral reform

A second cabinet minister has urged Gordon Brown to hold a referendum on electoral reform to regain the political initiative.

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An eruption of Poujadist anger will not improve our system of government

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Policy blitz and a reshuffle will be PM's answer to bad election results

Dame Shirley Williams: Much to be done, but a shotgun election won't help

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John Curtice: Never before has a party suffered a total wipe-out

Labour's fear is that this time it will be the BNP that makes a sudden breakthrough

'The BNP are now a bigger threat than ever'

Labour fears the far right will win its first European seats in June, Harriet Harman tells Andrew Grice

Golding: ‘I’m not racist, but you have to start looking after your own’

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Take action to stop far-right party winning seats in European elections, Brown is urged

Novice set to end Clark's nine-year reign as New Zealand premier

Conservative challenger from National party tipped to win election

Bruce Anderson: Gordon Brown thought he could rely on the Scottish vote – now it could bring him down

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Ken seeks pact with Lib Dem voters to beat Boris

Ken Livingstone today launches an extraordinary appeal to Liberal Democrat voters to help him to defeat Boris Johnson in the London mayoral election.

Vernon Bogdanor: The lack of democracy in our local elections

In nearly 10 per cent of councils holding elections last year, a fifth or more wards wereuncontested

Johann Hari: We need proportional representation. But what's on offer will just make matters worse

Jack Straw's electoral reform proposals will mean minority parties still taking power

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Deputy Leader of the Labour Party answers your quesions, including whether multiculturalism has failed and if she, as a feminist, is proud of Mrs Thatcher
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