A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Boundary Review

This is worth a read if you want some objective analysis of the proposed reduction and equalisation of constituency sizes: http://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/PVSCBill_analysis.html

To see the Electoral Reform Society's first stab at new boundaries take a look here: http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/news.php?ex=0&nid=484 - this should bring it home to people the scale of the disruption involved.

2 Comments:

Blogger Edward Carlsson Browne said...

Interesting as an initial stab at a map, although bits of it look very weird. I can't tell exactly because the map only gives motorways as geographic features, but it looks like Cambridge is being split three ways, with the northern bits of the city being stuck into something like the current SE Cambs (which would screw over Labour but isn't inherently illegitimate), the southeastern bit of the city going back into South Cambs and most of the centre of the city being paired with the very south-east of Cambridgeshire, a region it has no real logical connection to whatsoever.

This is particularly weird as the city as a whole will be relatively close to the quota for a 600-seat house and if that won't cut it then there are satellite villages immediately to the north or south-east that have enough in common, without having to march off into 15 miles of farmland.

So I hope that the boundary review process doesn't get neutered too much. Because efforts like that would make local democracy very confusing.

10:09 am, September 17, 2010

 
OpenID bristolwestpaul said...

I wonder if they or anyone else has taken into account the 1.5million people who are registered in more than one constituency and therefore counted twice in this process?

http://bristolwestpaul.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/double-dutch/

11:53 am, September 17, 2010

 

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