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Fair referendum needed this time

I have just heard David Cameron explaining why he opposes a referendum on Lords reform while supporting referendums on places such as London having mayors.

This commitment to democratic sovereignty - but not when it is opposed to your own entrenched interests - is typical of our political class.

Reforming the Lords is as major a constitutional change as we have seen since women got the vote. We should settle this by referendum. But it should not be the sort of referendum we had on voting reform, where the most popular option - true proportional representation - was deliberately kept off the ballot.

We need a proper, multi-option run-off referendum.

No decision from which the people are deliberately excluded will get any lasting respect.


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