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GENERAL ELECTION 2010: CANDIDATE CONSENSUS ON FIXED-TERM PARLIAMENTS AND OTHER REFORMS

Press Release: April 07, 2010

Prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) are in strong agreement on the need to introduce fixed-term parliaments, according to findings from the general election policy comparison web initiative DEMREF 2010.

To date, the majority of candidates who have posted their views on the website favour fixed-terms, which would abolish the traditional right of the Prime Minister to choose the general election date (71 per cent support fixed terms, eight per cent oppose, 21 per cent undecided).

This follows recent hints by senior Labour figures that the party may back this reform, as it did in its 1992 election manifesto.

Labour candidates seem to endorse this approach, with more than 70 per cent of the partys respondents supporting the introduction of fixed-terms.

Fixed-term parliaments are Liberal Democrat policy and Conservative leader David Cameron also trailed the idea last year in the aftermath of the expenses scandal.

DEMREF 2010 organiser Tony Samphier said: Its still early days, but there seems to be a cross-party consensus emerging that fixed-terms are the way forward following the election that never was in 2007. Public trust of politicians has hit rock bottom and this is just one of the democratic reforms that might help to restore voter confidence.

The website also shows almost unanimous backing from candidates for greater use of free votes in parliament (91 per cent support) and finding a mechanism to recall MPs involved in serious wrongdoing (96 per cent open to the idea).

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Contact: Tony Samphier on 0208 761 8155

Notes to editors

These findings are based on the views of 291 respondents up to 4 April 2010.

At present, DEMREF 2010 covers English parliamentary constituencies only.

DEMREF 2010 was set up in February this year to allow voters to go online and scrutinise the views of candidates on reforming politics following the scandal over expenses.

DEMREF 2010 can be viewed at http://www.polinfluence.com/DEMREF2010.html

DEMREF 2010 is organised by POLinfluence a trading name of Tony Samphier Ltd.

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