Clegg to announce AV referendum date “next week”

Reuters reports:

Liberal Democrats want a date to be set for a referendum on the move to the Alternative Vote system as a tangible reward for their role as junior coalition partners with the Conservatives.

The LibDems hope a vote can be held as early as next May, although AV actually falls short of their desire for a genuinely proportional voting system.

“I’m hoping to make an announcement literally in a couple of days, next week,” Clegg said in answer to a question after making a speech in London.

Read the full piece here.

And as Mark’s already blogged, it’s not too soon to get asking the public their views.

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4 Comments

  • I wonder what reason Labour are going to find for calling for a No vote?

  • toryboysnevergrowup 2nd Jul '10 - 9:30am

    SMcG

    Isn’t political expediency seen as reason enough by LibDems? When we need lectures on the application of principles in politics I somehow doubt that the Labour Party will be looking to the LibDems for advice.

    I shall be voting for AV – but if I am lectured by LibDems I may change my mind.

  • Tony Nicholson 3rd Jul '10 - 1:53am

    I am a Labour supporter. I have always been impressed by the performance of LibDems in local government and regarded them as a natural second choice after labour. That is not the case any more. I can’t see what the party has gained by a coalition with the Conservatives. The income tax threshold being raised is cancelled by a rise in VAT that was opposed by the LibDems pre-election, and there is no substantial progress on the anti-nuclear front. Also the AV system that may come in is way short of what you wanted even if you do get it. All I can see on the horizon for you lot is a bruising at the polls and a few more decades in the shadows.

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