Tory chairman Baroness Warsi today urges Britain to say No to a change in our voting system to keep fascists out of Parliament.
She warns in The Sun that if voters opt for the dangerous Alternative Vote system in the May 5 referendum they could let the racist BNP in by the back door. Baroness Warsi says candidates will feel the need to pander to racist groups - leading to "more policies which appeal to extremists".
She adds: "Generations have been served well by the British system because fascists and extremists have consistently been excluded from Parliament."
Today the Baroness makes a public speech against AV near East London's Cable Street - where in 1936 thousands of anti-fascist demonstrators fought a pitched street battle to stop a march by Oswald Mosley's Hitler-loving Blackshirts.
Sayeeda Warsi, 39, a daughter of Pakistani immigrants, is the first Muslim woman to serve in the Cabinet. Her fierce denunciation will deepen growing coalition tensions over AV, which lets voters list candidates in order of preference rather than choosing one.The system is backed by the Lib Dem coalition members but opposed by the Tories. Lib Dem Cabinet minister Chris Huhne has already asked Baroness Warsi to explain Tory claims that a new voting system would cost the UK £250million.
Pro-AV campaigners have asked Deputy PM Nick Clegg not to get involved in their bid, fearing he may LOSE them votes.