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ELECTORAL REFORM SOCIETY CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH YES TO AV

That this House notes with deep concern the potential conflict of interest that the Alternative Vote `Yes' campaign may be facing due to its links with and majority of funding from the Electoral Reform Society, an organisation that lacks accountability and transparency; notes that should the people of Britain vote for the AV system, the Electoral Reform Society stand to benefit from a potential bonanza in lucrative contracts to supply the running of the new system including through providing the new costly counting machines, given that the business arm of the Electoral Reform Society styles itself as the specialist balloting and related services wing of the Electoral Reform Society and has earned more than 250,000 over the last year alone in government contracts; and urges the Government to stop its departments spending money with the Electoral Reform Society as a matter of urgency until this conflict of interest can be clarified.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Betts, Clive Labour Party Sheffield South East 10.03.2011
Bridgen, Andrew Conservative Party North West Leicestershire 08.03.2011
Campbell, Gregory Democratic Unionist Party Londonderry East 09.03.2011
Cryer, John Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 30.03.2011
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 08.03.2011
Donaldson, Jeffrey Democratic Unionist Party Lagan Valley 09.03.2011
Harris, Tom Labour Party Glasgow South 08.03.2011
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 10.03.2011
Howarth, George Labour Party Knowsley 14.03.2011
Jones, Marcus Conservative Party Nuneaton 10.03.2011
Kirby, Simon Conservative Party Brighton Kemptown 14.03.2011
Knight, Greg Conservative Party Yorkshire East 09.03.2011
Laing, Eleanor Conservative Party Epping Forest 14.03.2011
Leslie, Charlotte Conservative Party Bristol North West 10.03.2011
Lopresti, Jack Conservative Party Filton and Bradley Stoke 10.03.2011
Main, Anne Conservative Party St Albans 29.03.2011
McCartney, Karl Conservative Party Lincoln 10.03.2011
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 15.03.2011
McDonagh, Siobhain Labour Party Mitcham and Morden 10.03.2011
McGovern, Jim Labour Party Dundee West 21.03.2011
Mordaunt, Penny Conservative Party Portsmouth North 15.03.2011
Morrice, Graeme Labour Party Livingston 09.03.2011
Morris, David Conservative Party Morecambe and Lunesdale 08.03.2011
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 09.03.2011
Ottaway, Richard Conservative Party Croydon South 10.03.2011
Rosindell, Andrew Conservative Party Romford 14.03.2011
Rotheram, Steve Labour Party Liverpool Walton 16.03.2011
Roy, Frank Labour Party Motherwell and Wishaw 10.03.2011
Sheridan, Jim Labour Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 09.03.2011
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 10.03.2011
Stringer, Graham Labour Party Blackley and Broughton 14.03.2011
Syms, Robert Conservative Party Poole 08.03.2011
Vaz, Valerie Labour Party Walsall South 10.03.2011
Walker, Robin Conservative Party Worcester 09.03.2011
Watts, Dave Labour Party St Helens North 14.03.2011

Amendment 1550A1 - ELECTORAL REFORM SOCIETY CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH YES TO AV

leave out from `notes' to end and add `that the Electoral Reform Society has been in existence for 127 years and has been committed to electoral reform for all of this time; is therefore not surprised that it will continue to campaign for electoral reform in the forthcoming AV referendum; expresses great concern that the No2AV campaign is engaging in personal attacks on people and organisations that support a fairer electoral system; deplores the fact the No2AV campaign is using estimated cost figures that have been expressly denied by HM Treasury in an effort to mislead the public; and calls on the No2AV campaign to engage in honest debate rather than dirty tactics.'.

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Beith, Alan Liberal Democrats Berwick-Upon-Tweed 16.03.2011
Brake, Tom Liberal Democrats Carshalton and Wallington 14.03.2011
Brooke, Annette Liberal Democrats Mid Dorset and North Poole 21.03.2011
Crockart, Mike Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 14.03.2011
Foster, Don Liberal Democrats Bath 14.03.2011
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 14.03.2011
Gilbert, Stephen Liberal Democrats St Austell and Newquay 14.03.2011
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley 15.03.2011
Huppert, Julian Liberal Democrats Cambridge 09.03.2011
Kennedy, Charles Liberal Democrats Ross Skye and Lochaber 30.03.2011
Lloyd, Stephen Liberal Democrats Eastbourne 14.03.2011
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 09.03.2011
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 17.03.2011
Mulholland, Greg Liberal Democrats Leeds North West 14.03.2011
Rogerson, Dan Liberal Democrats North Cornwall 18.03.2011
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 22.03.2011
Swales, Ian Liberal Democrats Redcar 15.03.2011
Swinson, Jo Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 14.03.2011
Thurso, John Liberal Democrats Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross 18.03.2011
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 01.04.2011
Williams, Roger Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 15.03.2011
Williams, Stephen Liberal Democrats Bristol West 10.03.2011