Tuesday 13 September 2016 is the day on which the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England will published its initial proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies.
With the plans being based on a cut in the number of MPs (from 650 to 600 in total across the UK), many more constituencies will be facing major changes than in a ‘normal’ boundary review.
All this comes with an extra significance for Labour because the more radically an incumbent’s constituency is redrawn, the more likely they are to face a full and open reselection contest. Labour, as with other parties, has provisions in its selection rules for incumbent MPs to be given fast track status, getting them re-selected without a full selection process. But again the common position across parties is that such rules do not apply if a seat gets such a major change that it is no longer is their seat.
There will still be quite a long process between the initial proposals this September and the final agreed proposals. Even so, seeing how constituency boundaries could change will give a boost to moves to force Labour MPs to face full reselections. Especially given Jeremy Corbbyn’s own comments:Guide-to-the-2018-Review-of-Parliamentary-Constituencies
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