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PRESSURE GROWING FOR PR IN SCOTTISH LOCAL ELECTIONS

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Pressure is growing on Scottish secretary Donald Dewar to consider proportional representation for local elections,...
Pressure is growing on Scottish secretary Donald Dewar to consider proportional representation for local elections, The Herald (p1) reports.

Both SNP and Scottish Liberal Democrats called for electoral reform at the Paisley South by-election campaign, and party sources told the paper that there was also strong support in the Labour party.

With Scotland facing three elections under three systems in 1999, Cosla president and leader of Edinburgh Council Keith Geddes said: 'I expect electoral reform to be part of the [Scottish independent] commission's remit.'

The Scottish independent commission is about to begin investigating how local councils can relate responsively and accountably to people and how they will work with the Scottish parliament.
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