Clause 1 — Referendum on the alternative vote system

Part of Royal Commission (London) – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 12th October 2010.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough 6:30 pm, 12th October 2010

I hope that we can introduce some civility into this debate. The shadow Minister really should raise the level of the debate. My hon. Friend Richard Fuller raised a valid point: it ill behoves the right hon. Gentleman to lecture us on referendums on far-reaching constitutional issues when his party not only reneged on a solemn promise made at the ballot box to have a referendum on the Lisbon treaty, but guillotined the relevant Bill, forcing it through this House.