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 They are based on an out-of-date version of the electoral register with nearly two million voters missing.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/

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