Political

Tories think they can get boundary changes through Parliament

The Spectator reports:

Number 10 believes it will be able to ‘square’ all Tory MPs whose constituencies will be abolished or merged as part of the boundary changes, Coffee House understands.

I hear from a very well-informed source that Downing Street, which is leading the work on the changes to constituency boundaries, believes that the number of Tories affected by the reduction in the number of seats from 650 to 600 is so small that they can either be accommodated with another seat where the sitting MP is likely to retire at the next election, or moved into the House of Lords.

Previous speculation had been that the self-interest of threatened Conservative MPs would sink the changes even though overall they will benefit their party.

 

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