James Forsyth

The two meanings of No PR

The two meanings of No PR
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When the leadership reassuresConservatives that there’ll be no PR, they mean that Britain will not end up with a different voting system. When senior MPs tell the leadership that PR is a red-line, they mean a referendum on PR is unacceptable.

As I say in the Mail on Sunday, those close to the leadership are looking at the idea of a referendum on PR in two years time after a commission of inquiry chaired by someone who is not keen on PR. They think that this referendum could be won and is therefore worth risking if that’s the price of a deal with the Lib Dems. But if Cameron did agree this, then the internal Conservative coalition would be very shaky.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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