by jontwigge on 22 October, 2017
The Boundary Commission have released their latest proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies.
Hazel Grove and Wilmslow would stretch from Alderley Edge through Wilmslow and Bramhall right up to Offerton
Meanwhile, a new Stockport South and Cheadle constituency would cover Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Heald Green, Gatley, Edgeley, Cheadle Heath, Davenport, Cale Green and part of the Heatons.
The two primary aims of the review are to ensure that each MP represents a similar number of members of the public and to reduce costs by cutting the number of MPs from 650 to 600.
“While it makes sense to ensure MPs represent similar numbers of people in their constituencies I can’t support making the system even less democratic by cutting the number of MPs without introducing proportional representation. It is a scandal that the number of votes nationally compared to the number of MPs varies across the parties by such an incredible margin” said Cllr Jon Twigge.
“The Liberal Democrats have a million more voters than the SNP, but 48 fewer seats. A Lib Dem MP represents about 9 times as many votes as a Tory MP.” from https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/liam-anderson/voters-per-mp-why-first-past-post-failed.
MPs cannot influence the proposed boundaries directly but they do vote on whethr to accept them, in total, or not. General opinion seems to be that that these new boundaries will never be approved by MPs.