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Nick Clegg: Making our democracy fairer

February 17, 2011 9:36 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has welcomed the passing of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill.

The Bill, which confirms a referendum on changing the voting system will take place on May 5, was granted royal assent last night.

"This is a real milestone in restoring trust in our political system and making our democracy fairer," he said.

"Constituencies will be redrawn, so that votes are more equal throughout the country.

"And, for the first time, through a referendum, voters will have a say in the system they use to elect their MPs.

"Together, these measures will help put the expenses scandal behind us and start to restore trust in our political institutions."