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Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:34 am on 18th November 2016.

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Photo of Pat Glass Pat Glass Shadow Minister (Transport) 9:34 am, 18th November 2016

I do, and that situation is reflected right across the country.

Fewer and fewer people are bothering to vote in general and local elections, because they do not see it as relevant to their lives. We live in a time when many of our people see a divide between themselves and the establishment. That means us, by the way—even people like me, and I was born in a council house in a mining community and went to a comprehensive school. They see huge divides between us, the political elite—or the metropolitan elite, as the red tops like to call us—and anyone who seems to have a vested interest in parliamentary democracy, and the people, as the red tops like to call everyone else.