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PM WARNED OF ELECTORAL REFORM REVOLT

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The are warnings from senior Labour figures that more than 100 of their rank in parliament could campaign with the ...
The are warnings from senior Labour figures that more than 100 of their rank in parliament could campaign with the Conservatives in a referendum on electoral reform.

The prime minister is widely expected to support a change to the voting system, in response to a report from Lord Jenkins, published tomorrow.

Stuart Bell, the leader of Labour's campaign to save the first-past-the-post system, will hold talks soon will senior Tories to discuss the funding of a joint No campaign.

Mr Bell hopes to persuade Mr Blair it would be reckless to campaign for a Yes vote in a referendum on electoral reform, in the face on widespread opposition.

Mr Bell's group includes more than 100 MPs, and he claims backing from a majority of trade unionists, dozens of Labour peers and up to two-thirds of the cabinet. He said: 'He's not going to build a funeral pyre of 100 Labour MPs for the sake of PR.'
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