Clause 12 — Boundary Commission proposals: publicity and consultation
Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (Programme) (No. 4)
George Howarth (Knowsley, Labour)
My hon. Friend put that argument very well indeed and I would struggle to find the words to match what she has just said.
Let me conclude. I genuinely believe that what is proposed by taking away public inquiries as part of the process is that the relationship between constituent, Member of Parliament and constituency, which is already fractured, will split completely. I think we will end up in a situation where constituencies are simply ships of convenience. I hope that that day never comes and that the Government will at some point wake up and realise that this is not the right way to do things.