The scheme, which was announced by Prime Minister Gollum Brown today, aims to abolish the first-past-the-post system for elections to the Westminster Parliament, which gave Labour 55% of the seats in the House of Commons for just 35% on the vote in the 2005 General Election.
Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Brown said, "it is right that we introduce electoral reform at this crucial time, when the faith of the electorate in British politics is at an all-time low. Our reforms will institute a fair, democratic system which places social justice at the heart of the electoral process.
"Our plan will show the country that the nasty Tories, who are against electoral reform, have not 'sealed the deal' with the electorate and confirm, once and for all, that the British people want a Labour Fourth Term."
The planned reforms include:
- The provision of a 'None of the Above' tickbox on ballot papers. In the event this box dominates in a Labour-held constituency, the sitting MP will retain their seat - in a constituency held by another party, the seat will pass to 'no control', and will be subsumed into the nearest Labour-held constituency for administrative purposes;
- The introduction of a Proportional Representation scheme, whereby a weighting to votes will be added dependent on how much Labour want to win the seat in question;
- Fraud-reduction precautions to be implemented to prevent abuse of the postal and proxy voting systems. Under the new terms, only vetted Labour Party members will be eligible for proxy and postal voting, and postal votes will be given a 5x weighting under the PR rules above.
A spokesman for the Ministry of