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Yesterday afternoon the Boundary Commission released its’ proposal for the new constituency boundaries across the United Kingdom. The Tory proposals to redraw constituency boundaries are unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable. They are based on an out-of-date version of the electoral register with nearly two million voters missing.

Any constitutional changes, including the make-up of parliamentary constituencies, should be done fairly with everyone given a voice. This is not what the Tories have done.

These reforms have shown utter disregard for our traditional boundaries.

Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing, Southall said:

We would be doing a grave injustice to the people if we allow the Tories to blatantly gerrymander unopposed. The Conservative party has completely ignored the traditions and unique identities of each constituency by allowing them to be subsumed for its’ own benefit’’

By pressing ahead with proposals despite two million people having been left out of the review, the Tories have revealed the truth about their plan to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600: it is designed for their own political advantage rather than do what is in the best interests of the country.

Suggestions that this is being done to “cut the cost of politics” are a red herring. The claimed saving of £12 million is dwarfed by the £34 million cost of the 260 extra Peers David Cameron appointed to the Lords. And at the same time the Tories have overseen a huge increase in the bill for politically appointed Special Advisers, totalling £45.8m since 2010.

The Tories must stop trying to stack the deck in their favour and allow the Boundary Commission to take into account the millions who registered in the run-up to the May elections and the EU referendum. That is the way to ensure the public have the right level of representation.

I am opposing these Conservative proposals. The Tories should pause, look again and proceed only with changes which are agreed consensually, when it can be guaranteed that no elector will lose out.

The disproportionate effect these reforms have on Labour seats is evidence of how politicised they are. The proposed changes are fundamentally unfair to the worst off in society. The new system of voter registration implemented for this review hurts those that need the most help from MPs. Some Two Million people have been ignored, more than enough for 25 extra seats under the current system.#

 

You can view the recommendations here: http://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/2018-review/ip-england/

You can have your say on the proposals here: http://www.bce2018.org.uk/

Boundary Review

Yesterday afternoon the Boundary Commission released its’ proposal for the new constituency boundaries across the United Kingdom. The Tory proposals to redraw constituency boundaries are unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable. They...

I am encouraging all local A-level students in Ealing, Southall to take part in the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Schools’ Short Video Competition, now in its sixth year. 

A highlight in the PSA’s calendar of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the annual short film competition, sponsored by YouGov, is open to post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2016-17.

We cannot undervalue the importance of engaging young people in politics.  I’d encourage all local A-level students to take part in this competition and submit their ideas and videos.  Good luck to all Ealing and Southall students taking part.”

Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing, Southall

This year’s competition asks students to explore the question: "Do you have to be Superman/Superwoman to be US President?”. Groups of students are invited to submit short videos on this subject, examining what attributes are necessary to be a political leader and advantages and disadvantages of presidential systems.

CEO of the Political Studies Association, Helena Djurkovic, said: “The personalities and conduct seen throughout the US presidential campaigns means we are guaranteed to see some interesting entries as the race to the White House heats up.”

Shortlisted groups will be invited to The Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster to discuss the ideas raised in their video with a panel of politicians, journalists and academics.  Previous jurors have included Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Victoria Derbyshire.

The winners of the Schools' Short Video Competition will receive their award at the PSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Westminster.  This year’s ceremony takes place on 29 November in London and accommodation is provided for the winning group and their teacher in central London.  On top of this, the winning students get a week’s work experience with the YouGov political team during their school holidays.

“The competition is a great way for students to develop new skills, explore their creativity and get in touch with contemporary political issues. The added training that winning teams get from YouGov - at the heart of political polling and public opinion monitoring - makes this initiative ever more worthwhile,” said Helena Djurkovic.

Full competition details for 2016 and how to enter are published on the PSA’s website at:  www.psa.ac.uk

Political Studies Association Schools’ Short Video Competition

I am encouraging all local A-level students in Ealing, Southall to take part in the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Schools’ Short Video Competition, now in its sixth year.  A highlight...

I wrote to the Chinese Ambassador to demand an apology from Air China for blatant racism

Today I have written in the strongest possible terms to His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China, to raise my concerns about reports of racism in their inflight magazine.

According to reports on Twitter and in the Evening Standard newspaper an article appeared in the most recent edition of Air China’s inflight magazine, the national carrier of China. The article appears to read, under the heading, ‘Tips from Air China’, ‘London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people.’ ‘We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when traveling.’

I am shocked and appalled that even today some people would see it as acceptable to write such blatantly untrue and racist statements. I have raised this issue with the Chinese Ambassador, and requested that he ensures an apology is swiftly forthcoming from Air China, and the magazine is removed from circulation immediately.

I have invited representatives of Air China to visit my constituency of Ealing, Southall to see that a very multi-cultural area is safe, and would be of great value for those visiting London to see.

I will await their response, and if an appropriate one is not forthcoming I shall feel forced to question whether Air China is a fit company to operate in the UK.”

Virendra Sharma MP, Ealing, Southall

Blatant Racism from Air China

I wrote to the Chinese Ambassador to demand an apology from Air China for blatant racism Today I have written in the strongest possible terms to His Excellency Mr Liu...


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