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STRAW SILENT ON ELECTORAL REFORM REFERENDUM DATE

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Hansard 18 Jan: Column 559 ...
Hansard 18 Jan: Column 559

Home secretary Jack Straw told MPs yesterday that the government stood by its manifesto pledge to hold a referendum before changing the voting system for the Westminster parliament.

Mr Straw, however, hinted it might be later rather than sooner before the recommendations of the Jenkins commission on electoral reform were put to the country.

Not disguising his preference for first-past-the-post rather than a system involving proportional representation, the home secretary agreed with Gwyneth Dunwoody, Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich, saying: 'There is a case for seeing how the new systems of proportional representation for elections to the Welsh assembly, the Scottish parliament, the Northern Ireland assembly and, indeed,

the European parliament, fall into place before proceeding with the referendum. We shall take those findings into account.'
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