Friday, 5 February 2010
Gordon Brown the Man to Clearing up Parliament and the Voting System.
On Tuesday Gordon Brown vowed to clean up Britain’s 800 year old constitution as MPs prepare for the final report on their expenses. The Prime Minister speaking in London about the expenses scandal, said “it called into question the very legitimacy of parliament and of our political system as a whole.”
Sir Thomas Legg delivers his final report on MPs ‘expenses tomorrow and Mr Brown said politics must change for good.
He called for.
• The end of first past the200 post ‘voting, with a referendum on a new system by October 2011.
• A written consultant drawn up by 2015.
• Allowing MPs to be thrown guilty of serious financial wrongdoing.
Replacing the Lords with elected chamber. The most controversial change is in the voting system in which the public rank the candidates. Anyone getting more than 50% of first choice votes in the first round is elected If that doesn’t happen, the candidate with the fewest voter is out and their voters ‘second choices are counted. This continues until a winner emerges.
The Conservative Chairman Eric Pickles Accused the Prime Minister trying to fiddle the Electoral system.
Home Affairs Liberal Democrat spokesman Chris Huhne Said: “this is a deathbed conversion from a Party facing defeat.”How ever he said it was a right direction.