Today sees the unveiling of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s plans to restore public trust in parliament, modernising the institution, and making it more transparent and accountable.
The plan will include proposals on electoral reform, replacing the first past the post system with an alternative vote at elections, enabling people to list their preferred candidates. It would be subject to a referendum. The plan comes in the wake of the scandal of members of parliament’s expenses, and disasterous results for the governing Labour party at European and local elections last week. Brown is seeking to start a debate on electoral reform rather than propose immediate change. However quick parliamentary reform is on the cards. Brown wants to end the “gentleman’s club” self-regulating Westminster and appoint an independent body to oversee expenses.