UK Politics

Referendum and fixed-term parliament bills expected

More details are expected of proposed changes to the voting system, cuts to the number of MPs and the plan for fixed-term parliaments.

The Cabinet Office will publish the two bills on Thursday, the BBC understands.

The bill paving the way for a referendum on changing the election system to the alternative vote is expected to include detail on how the question will be framed.

The second bill will be on fixed five-year term parliaments.

The referendum on changing the general election system from first past the post, is due to be held on 5 May 2011.

Under the plans for fixed-term parliaments the next election is set to be held on 7 May 2015.

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