Archive for parliamentary boundary review
They’re dead, but some Conservatives are still clinging on to the corpse hoping for a miracle. I’m talking about, of course, the Parliamentary boundary changes.
Paul Goodman has been taking a look at the implausible maths behind the slim hopes some in the Conservative Party still have about getting the new Parliamentary boundaries through Parliament. As he concludes, even on the most optimistic of assumptions, it requires every single Conservative MP to back the proposals. Even one who, say, isn’t [...]
PoliticsHome reports: Labour peer Lord Hart has just tabled an amendment to the Electoral Registration Bill which would have another major impact on the timetable of the Coalition’s plans to cut seat numbers. The amendment, which seeks to amend a clause in Section 10 of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, declares that [...]
If you are a particularly diligent stalker of mine (a) hello! and (b) you may be wondering why I’ve not covered the Financial Times‘s story about how the Liberal Democrats might back the Parliamentary boundary changes after all, in return for the introduction of party funding reforms. I’ve not covered it for a simple reason: [...]
Unsurprisingly, both the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties have decided to go ahead with selecting candidates for the 2015 general election based on the current constituency boundaries. Where does that leave the Conservatives? In rather a tricky position given David Cameron’s talk of still pressing on hoping to win the boundaries vote. All three options [...]
Lords reform off, boundary changes off, plenty MPs thinking “Hooray, my seat is safe and so is my retirement home” — Mark Pack (@markpack) August 6, 2012 @nick_clegg right to have fought for more democracy, right to recognise that Tory MPs blocked deal and Labour wouldn’t support reform. — Chris Rennard (@LordRennard) August 6, 2012 [...]
Now that we are well into the consultation periods over the Parliamentary boundary changes, how are the proposals going down with MPs? The answer to that we know thanks to new polling of MPs published by ComRes. A reduction in the number of MPs and a more uniform constituency size means many MPs are facing up [...]
Boundary Commission for England Newsletter 2012 #1
The Liberal Democrat response to the Boundary Commission for England’s draft proposals, submitted today: Well done to everyone involved in pulling it together.
Earlier this month, Liberal Democrat News ran this piece from me about how the Parliamentary boundary reviews are being run. It has long been the demand of political reformers in Britain stretching back through the 19th century and earlier that everyone should have the vote and everyone’s vote should count equally. More recently that has tended [...]