Letter: What we can learn from Doncaster

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The Independent Online
Sir: Doncaster is undoubtedly not the only Labour council to keep Tony Blair awake at night. As your leading article implies (18 February), the problem is rooted in having one party in power for generations faced with little chance of defeat.

Tony Blair's current response to embarrassingly left-wing or corrupt Labour councils is to retain Tory shackles on local councils such as capping.

The best way forward for the Labour leader is to abandon the first-past- the-post system in favour of proportional representation. This would be the best guarantee that situations such as Doncaster become a thing of the past.

DAVID RENDEL MP

(Newbury, Lib Dem)

House of Commons

London SW1

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