The Tory proposals to redraw constituency boundaries are unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable. The Labour Party agrees with the principle of creating equal-sized seats, which has long been written into law and which is the main purpose of the Boundary Commissions’ work.
But in order to genuinely equalise constituency sizes, it is vital that the electoral register is accurate. Under the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 this boundary review cannot take into consideration any new voters from the electoral register included after 1 December 2015.
The Boundary Commission must be allowed to take into account the millions who registered to vote in the run-up to this years’ May elections and the EU referendum. That is the only way to ensure the public have the right level of representation.
Leaving two millions registered voters out of the calculation altogether will not lead to greater equality in seat sizes, but a distorted picture which benefits the Tory Party.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Whilst I recognise and welcome the fact that a number of seats within Greater Manchester will remain largely intact, including my own constituency which sees only some changes; I do however have some fears over the process as a whole.
“My main concern is the two million citizens who have not been considered in this review which includes over 700,000 young people under the age of 25 who signed up to vote in the EU Referendum this year.
“I agree with the principle of cutting costs in politics; but it is baffling to me that the Tories are arbitrarily and without explanation cutting the number of MP’s from 650 to 600, whilst the numbers of Peers in the House of Lords’ continues to rise.”
Boundary Review Proposals:
AUDENSHAW will be placed with Droylsden, Failsworth, South Oldham and Lees into a new “Failsworth and Droylsden constituency”.
DENTON NORTH EAST, DENTON SOUTH, DENTON WEST, REDDISH NORTH, REDDISH SOUTH will form the main part of a new “Stockport North and Denton constituency”.
DUKINFIELD will join with Ashton, Staybridge and Mossley to form a revised “Ashton-under-Lyne constituency”.
A public consultation process will start this month.
Find more at: http://www.bce2018.org.uk