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Part of Parliamentary Constituencies Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 25 June 2020.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement 2:45, 25 June 2020

Speaking to amendment 10, the hon. Member for Glasgow East made a very good point about the way in which the Bill must be able to be applied effectively in every part of the United Kingdom. In some of the regions where the commissioners will be doing their work, the geography and landscape are very different from those of other regions. In that sense, I am minded to support the amendment if chooses to push it to a vote. It would give the commissioners more flexibility to be able to respond to the needs of communities, and if we are to have communities that are confident in the boundaries that the commissioners draw, they must have had an adequate say in how the constituencies are formed.