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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

The hon. Gentleman makes the case clearly.

The proposed system not only seeks to reduce the number of MPs, thereby making them more remote from their electorate, and to cut out 2 million registered voters, thereby giving them no vote, but seeks to create constituencies of equal size, irrespective of what that does to communities, and to include a review of the boundaries every five years, which will ensure that practically every constituency will change every five years. We will weaken MP accountability to our constituency and voters, because every five years the voters will be different people. In a sense, that will strengthen MPs’ accountability to their party, on whom they rely to be reselected, and will weaken their accountability to our constituents.