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Clause 1 — Referendum on the alternative vote system

Part of Royal Commission (London) – in the House of Commons at 8:00 pm on 12th October 2010.

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Photo of Ian Davidson Ian Davidson Chair, Scottish Affairs Committee 8:00 pm, 12th October 2010

Ettrick, Tweeddale and Lauderdale? No? Well, whatever seat he has, it is quite a big and complicated seat to describe, which is perhaps an excuse as to why he was unable to fill in his expenses properly. One can imagine how difficult it will be in that constituency when not only are they filling in the expenses for the first-past-the-post seat and the list seat, but the referendum as well. I wish him well in resolving his difficulties, but one can imagine the problems there being replicated all over the country, with the scope for legal actions and threats. They are enormous. On those grounds alone, if there were not so many other grounds to do so, we should be supporting the amendment tabled by Mr Jenkin and opposing the idea of having these elections on the same day.