So the Boundary Commission has finally published its review into boundary changes. Two new constituencies would be created, joining together Lancaster and Morecambe and Blackpool North and Fleetwood. In addition there would be a huge rural North Lancashire constituency created encompassing a large area of Over Wyre and reaching almost as far as Kirby Lonsdale in the north and Barnoldswick to the east.
Personally I think these plans are ludicrous.
These final boundary recommendations are nothing but an undemocratic power grab by this Tory Government who want to reduce the number of parliamentary seats from 650 to 600. With no plans to reduce the number of Ministers, the Government is weakening the role of Parliament and creating unprecedented levels of executive dominance at the expense of backbenchers, when Parliament is meant to be taking back control.
Cutting the number of MPs by 50 as we prepare to leave the European Union is further proof this Government is clamouring to tighten its grip on power. With the workload of MPs set to rise after Brexit, with thousands of pieces of important legislation expected to come through parliament, it would be utterly ludicrous to go ahead with these boundary changes.
Theresa May needs to think again. The political context has changed significantly since these flawed proposals were first agreed under David Cameron.
The voice of more than 2 million voters will be ignored if the Government presses ahead with its proposed boundary changes. Labour has repeatedly said that a boundary review is needed ahead of the next General Election, but we cannot support the Government’s undemocratic proposals.
The latest rumours are that Theresa May is having to re-think the whole thing as a significant number of her MP’s are set to vote against the changes. We stand ready to work with all political parties to agree an accelerated timetable for a new review that benefits our democracy, not just the Conservative Party.