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The Tories are using the boundary changes for ruthless gerrymandering

September 13, 2016

By Owen Jones
The Guardian
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Great Britain)

A ruthless gerrymandering of British democracy to favour the partisan interests of the Conservative party: that’s what the new electoral boundary proposals amount to. Slashing the number of MPs from 650 to 600 given our growing population is, at the outset, “daft”, as Labour’s Chris Bryant puts it. It will make it that little bit harder for already overburdened MPs to deal with their constituents’ issues, particularly in inner-city communities with complex social problems (which tend, of course, to be represented by Labour MPs).