I suspect that Gordon's comments that he is not closed to electoral reform but also wants to keep the constituency link means he is warming to the Alternative Vote.
I'm not closed to electoral reform at all, but what I would say is this: I would not like to lose the link between a member of parliament and the constituency. I think it's a very important part of what I'm saying is that anybody who is a representative has got to be involved and engaged in that constituency.
Although AV is not a proportional system, it at least means that MPs will have the majority of constituency voters backing them, unlike at present where barely a third of MPs have such backing. No MPs had the backing of the majority of their electorate at the 2005 general election.
Brown of course goes on to qualify his comments on reform by highlighting his doubts over PR due to the recent election fiasco in Scotland and also emphasising his foremost commitment to other 'constitutional reform' before electoral reform.
Now of course the PR system has been proved in different areas of the country to be quite complex [laughter] and there are all these issues to discuss as well. But in the broader sweep of constitutional reform I would start with two things: the accountability of parliament and the executive to the people, where we need reform and I've been suggesting ways we can do that, and secondly enshrining the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a way that is more meaningful for the future so that people can understand what it is to be a citizen of Britain, what the responsibilities are but what the rights are too. And I think that is part of the civil liberties debate, is also a very important element of moving forward and I think people in this country are ready for what is an open and transparent debate about how they can participate more in the decisions that affect their lives