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Clause 11 — number and distribution of seats

Part of Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (Programme) (No. 4) – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 1st November 2010.

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Photo of Michael McCann Michael McCann Labour, East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow 6:30 pm, 1st November 2010

Some eminent historians have already participated in this debate, so I will go for some other quotations. Groucho Marx said, "Here are my principles, but if you don't like them, I have another set here." In the light of the contribution made by my hon. Friend Chris Bryant, may I ask John Thurso how he can reconcile the exceptions for the Western Isles, Northern Isles and other areas when the Government are sticking rigidly to an arithmetical formula in this legislation?