How The Boundary Review Risks Skewing Our Democracy

We see that with the deeply unpopular ‘Devonwall’ seat that spans Cornwall and Devon – distinct areas with very distinctive identities and needs. Fair political boundaries are crucial to ensuring people are properly represented in Parliament: we shouldn’t tear apart close-knit areas in a rush to ‘equalise’ numbers.

4. But on top of that, the strict 5% difference limit poses the prospect of huge disruption every five years through sparking a boundary review for every election. Do we really want to spend infinite hours arguing about seat borders in the run up to every Westminster vote?

5. Of course, this is all happening alongside a reduction in the number of MPs – something that has a bizarre rationale when you think about it. Because the government argue shrinking the Commons will ‘cut the cost of politics’.

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