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Managing the boundary changes

12 September 2011

1:13 PM

12 September 2011

1:13 PM

MPs are queuing down the corridor on the first floor of Portcullis House as they try to get hold of a copy of the proposed boundary changes which have just been released under embargo. Boundary
changes can make a huge difference to an MP, converting a marginal into a safe seat and vice-versa.


Boundary reviews are a whip’s nightmare as they will set MPs of the same party against each other. The danger for the two coalition partners is that MPs’ take to rebelling on emotive
issues for their parties in an attempt to win any selection head to head. This is why Cameron went out of his way to promise all Tory MPs that no one would be left without a seat at the Tory
parliamentary dinner last Wednesday night. But achieving this is probably going to require tempting some Tory MPs into the Elysian Fields of the Lords.

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  • jonti. w

    Remember Thatcher?’The poor don’t vote’.
    Does anybody think that the whitehall based political class want to encourage democracy and get more ordinary people especially the young to vote. Boundary changes,so what!?

  • Maril

    Exclude Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish from the House of Commons as they all have their own assemblies already, and keep it as the English Assembly. This would reduce the numbers nicely. The problem of what to do with the House of Lords could be solved by having it as the meeting place of representatives of the whole United Kingdom.

  • RocketDog

    No-one believes in this system any more. It is corrupt and rotten to the core. People will only start voting again once the omerta on the EU and immigration are lifted. We will get celebrity PM question time and celebrity politician Big Brother first

  • bickers

    Voters need to be able to choose their party’s candidate from a short list not drawn up by the party i.e. a primaries type system rather than having a safe candidate foisted on them which is anti democratic in a safe seat as the MP represent his party rather than his constituents

  • Ron Todd

    Not deckchairs. While there are other problems, postal voting as mentioned above, west Lothian and I am sure others that should not stop the constituency problem being soreted out.

    Democracy needs to be believed ijn to work. People need to turn out to vote and if they do not believe the system is fair they won’t. People in ‘safe’ seats will still feel that their vote is wasted (I have never yet voted for a winning candidate having always lived in labour or now liberal seats) but that should not stop us from equalising constituency sizes.

  • Private Schultz

    @ alexsandr – totally agree!

  • 2trueblue

    Where is the story?

  • RocketDog

    Deckchairs, rearrange, Titanic

  • Publius

    “The danger for the two coalition partners is that MPs’ take to rebelling on emotive issues”

    How nice if these sheep-MPs actually took to standing up for their constituents rather than just acting as lobby-fodder.

  • alexsandr

    if they dont sort the toxic problem of postal vote fraud it will be a waste of time

  • Ed P

    What a lot of effort just to ensure Hilary Benn ousts Ed Balls!