AV spat was a ‘side act’

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FORMER Sheffield shadow minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi defended the conduct of the Conservative party during the campaign against AV.

The Tory Party chairman said: “I think the whole name-calling thing is a side act.

“What was important in this AV referendum was the principles we were fighting on. I absolutely believe the campaign the Conservative Party fought was a clean campaign, based upon principles and based upon our position, which was clear from the outset.”

Labour’s deputy leader, Harriet Harman, said voters found the spat between the coalition parties “very unedifying”.

She said Mr Clegg had been “duped” by Mr Cameron in agreeing to hold the AV referendum on the same day as the local council elections.