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It is estimated that some 22 million votes cast in the UK General Election will have no direct bearing on the outcome. A 'Take Back Parliament' fair votes campaign was launched last night.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, whose party is still riding high in the polls, says that electoral reform could be a deal breaker for a post-election hung parliament arrangement.
The Electoral Reform Society has welcomed the news that Proportional Representation has topped the Power 2010 popular public poll of urgent reforms needed to fix Britain's "broken democracy".
Democracy campaigners have welcomed the news that MPs will be asked to debate an amendment to the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill to enable a referendum on changing the electoral system.
Campaigners for parliamentary reform are to condemn the “Parliament of the Living Dead” by dressing as zombies in a Halloween-themed protest. A “zombie walk” will include Parliament Square, Whitehall and Downing Street.
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The UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR, has reported that 2016 has become the deadliest year yet for people crossing the Mediterranean.
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