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Bragg campaigns for electoral reform

PUBLISHED: 14:59 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:56 25 August 2010

PROTESTERS have been protesting outside the Liberal Democrat headquarters to put pressure on their leader to secure a deal on electoral reform in any pact they make with the Conservatives.

PROTESTERS have been protesting outside the Liberal Democrat headquarters to put pressure on their leader to secure a deal on electoral reform in any pact they make with the Conservatives.

Among those protesting outside the Liberal Democrats headquarters in Victoria on Monday was singer Billy Bragg.

He spoke through a loud speaker to tell the crowd that moments earlier Gordon Brown had resigned as leader of the Labour Party and chanted "fair votes now" and "no more safe seats".

He told the Times: "It is an unfair system. The pressure is on the Liberal Democrats. They have everything to lose. If they get it wrong, they will never be forgiven.

"Those of us who support them as a party will see them as a bulwark. I have voted tactically in my constituency of West Dorset to keep the Conservatives out.

"I would prefer a Labour government. If the Lib Dems do not get proportional representation they will have more to lose than Brown and Labour and the Tory cabinet. If Nick Clegg doesn't get PR, he will be punished."

When asked if he trusts Clegg to get a deal which includes PR, he laughed and said "Why do you think I am here?" before adding: "I do".

Protesters could also be heard on Tuesday (11) evening outside the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, where the Tories were working on a deal with the Liberal Democrat negotiating team.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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