UK Politics

Alternative Vote debate: Prescott, Howard, Kennedy, Jowell

The Daily Politics hosted a 35-minute debate with four big beasts from the Westminster world explaining the arguments behind the Alternative Vote referendum.

Strange political alliances saw John Prescott and Michael Howard team up against Charles Kennedy and Tessa Jowell to debate their views on potential change in the first UK-wide referendum for nearly 40 years.

Andrew Neil chaired the debate aired on BBC2, with repeats on BBC Parliament on Wednesday evening, and the BBC News Channel on Friday evening.

A clip from the debate (below) looks at the potential effect on minor parties, alongside a short speech by the four contenders as they put the case for your vote.

Debate: How would it affect minor parties?

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Media captionJohn Prescott, Michael Howard, Charles Kennedy and Tessa Jowell on how AV could help or hinder Green and BNP candidates

John Prescott speaks against

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Media captionJohn Prescott: manifesto agreements irrelevant under AV system

Charles Kennedy speaks in favour

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Media captionCharles Kennedy: First-past-the-post is unfair

Tessa Jowell speaks in favour

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Media captionAV 'as easy as 123' says Tessa Jowell

Michael Howard speaks against

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Media captionMichael Howard: AV is nobody's first choice

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