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Brown pushes for electoral reform

3rd February 2010

The prime minister has revealed that he will attempt to move Britain from the current first past the post voting system if Labour win the forthcoming general election.

Speaking in central London yesterday (February 2nd), Gordon Brown said that he will push for a referendum on electoral reform before the end of October 2011.

Mr Brown would like the UK to adopt the alternative vote system, which ensures that every member of parliament has majority support in their constituency.

Under the system, voters place candidates in order of preference. If one has more than 50 per cent of the ballot, they are elected - otherwise the votes of the least supported candidate are redistributed until a clear winner emerges.

The prime minister said: 'It means that each elected MP will have the chance to be elected with much broader support from their constituency, not just those who picked them as their first choice.'

Guardian political correspondents Allegra Stratton and Polly Curtis claimed Mr Brown's announcement will come as a surprise to electoral reform campaigners, who thought that the issue was far down the government's list of priorities, as well as creating a bold division between Labour and the Conservatives before the election.

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