Parliamentary Constituencies Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:37 pm on 2nd June 2020.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement 5:37 pm, 2nd June 2020

The Opposition recognise the need for constituencies to be broadly as equal as possible, but anyone who stands up in this House and says that they truly believe that all constituencies should be equal should look at the data from December 2019. If we were to take that data on how the electorate looked and say that every constituency had to be exactly equal, every constituency would have to have an electorate of 72,613. Not 72,614 or 72,612—those figures would be outside the quota. There will always need to be a variance, and it is a question of striking a balance between having constituencies that are broadly equal and constituencies that represent their community ties.