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Brown to outline vote change bid

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MPs will vote next week on holding a referendum on electoral reform, the BBC has learnt. Today Gordon Brown is expected to announce that the vote will be the first step towards replacing the first-past-the-post system of electing MPs with an alternative vote system.

Political editor Nick Robinson explains the two voting systems and Labour MP Martin Linton, who is in favour of electoral reform, considers the effect of changing the system on the outcome of elections.

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