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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 7:00 pm on 1st November 2010.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Education) 7:00 pm, 1st November 2010

The hon. Gentleman has made a powerful case about Cornwall. I believe that the amendment proposed by my hon. Friend Chris Bryant would achieve what the hon. Gentleman is trying to achieve. We all accept the need for equalisation, but we also need to allow the Boundary Commission to do what it is paid to do-to recognise that it is not all about numbers; it is also about communities. That is how democracy works: people vote for us; they understand the areas we represent, and we understand them.