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"It will be subject to more pressure": Chuka Umunna believes electoral reform is on its way back

The cause of electoral reform will be strengthened in the era of multi-party politics, Labour's shadow Business Secretary believes.

The era of multi-party politics is here to stay and the first-past-the-post electoral system will come under increasing pressure and scrutiny, Chuka Umunna has predicted.

Speaking to LBC, the shadow business secretary said:

We have a first past post voting system that I don't like.

I'm an electoral reformer, I think we need to change the way we do politics, and that includes changing our voting system."

Umunna, like Ed Miliband, is a supporter of electoral reform and voted in favour of the Alternative Vote. (Labour itself is amicably split on the issue of voting reform.) Umunna believes that a proportional system is "more democratic [and] fairer", allowing the creation of "open coalitions", as opposed to the current Westminster parties which are "broad churches, they're closed coalitions".  The current electoral system will be "subject to more pressure, and come under question more", Umunna predicted.

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Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.

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Andy Burnham's full speech on attack: "Manchester is waking up to the most difficult of dawns"

"We are grieving today, but we are strong."

Following Monday night's terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, newly elected mayor of the city Andy Burnham, gave a speech outside Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday morning, the full text of which is below: 

After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns. 

It’s hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today.

These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill.

This was an evil act. Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. And we will do whatever we can to support them.

We are grieving today, but we are strong. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.

I want to thank the hundreds of police, fire and ambulance staff who worked throughout the night in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

We have had messages of support from cities around the country and across the world, and we want to thank them for that.

But lastly I wanted to thank the people of Manchester. Even in the minute after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger.

They gave the best possible immediate response to those who seek to divide us and it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together.

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