Letter: Bristol's lesson on voting reform

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Sir: Ian Onions' report failed to convey the surge of support that Labour has enjoyed in Bristol West since the 1992 general election, when they were indeed third.

In the European elections in 1994 Labour had 33.5 per cent of the vote, putting the Liberal Democrats in third place with 29.9 per cent (Conservatives, 33.2 per cent). In the most recent local city council elections, in 1995, the trend was more evident, with Labour first again, with 34.2 per cent of the vote, widening the gap between them and the Conservatives who had 32.1 per cent. Again, the Liberal Democrats were third, with 29.1 per cent.

Labour looks the more likely party to snatch victory from Waldegrave.