New Times,
New Thinking.

13 November 2009

PR referendum

Much hanging on this last-ditch attempt

By James Macintyre

The news that ministers including Tessa Jowell are leading a last-ditch attempt to make Labour adopt the “game-changer” that would be a referendum on a properly proportional electoral system in next week’s Queen’s Speech is to be welcomed by progressives.

My colleague Mehdi Hasan and I have long argued that this is the only way Labour can ensure it is on the front foot in the run-up to the general election and also do enough to win over the Liberal Democrats in the increasingly likely event of a hung parliament.

Our interview with Ben Bradshaw, the Culture Secretary, made waves in Westminster — and dismayed Downing Street, I am reliably informed — when the reforming minister said the promise of an AV referendum after the election was not “set in stone”. We shall see. For Labour, the stakes could not be higher.

Select and enter your email address Your weekly guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture every Saturday. The best way to sign up for The Saturday Read is via saturdayread.substack.com The New Statesman's quick and essential guide to the news and politics of the day. The best way to sign up for Morning Call is via morningcall.substack.com
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
THANK YOU

Content from our partners
The power of place in tackling climate change
Tackling the UK's biggest health challenges
"Heat or eat": how to help millions in fuel poverty – with British Gas Energy Trust