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MPs to debate AV referendum as summer recess ends
"MPs will debate a bill paving the way for a referendum on 5 May 2011 on changing to an alternative vote system."-BBC
The issue of a new system appeared after the last election, with some protests during negotiations which stated the current system is not balanced and relies on key marginals. The referendum was favoured by the Liberal Democrats and became a part of the coalition deal to form the current Government.
So far Labour mainly opposes the sections about changing contingency boundaries and the Conservatives mainly opposing the change to the current system.
"The coalition says it is unfair that some MPs need almost twice as many votes to get elected as others as their constituencies are much larger in terms of registered voters.
Labour say the proposals to "equalise" constituency sizes - as well as cutting their number by 650 to 600 - will disproportionately hurt Labour-supporting areas and is equivalent to "gerrymandering".
The coalition has accused Labour of "opposition for opposition' s sake"."-BBC
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