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Correction of Statement

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

On 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 720, in answer to an oral supplementary question from my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Ms Stuart) about voting systems I said that

“My hon. Friend will remember that the closed list system was a manifesto commitment in 1997”.

This was incorrect. The 1997 Labour party manifesto commitment was for the introduction of proportional representation for European elections, and did not detail that a closed list system should be used. It was agreed subsequent to the 1997 election that a closed list system should be used.