Friday, 28 May 2010

The mood of the nation

The Isle of Wight is the country's largest constituency. Ministers want around 70 or 80 thousand voters per constituency and the Isle of Wight manages to have an electorate of 103,480. I really don't think they mind having one MP. I would also guess that they prefer the present situation to having one and a bit MPs if this meant that they would share an MP with part of the mainland.

The Tories are in favour of shifting boundaries to make constituencies the same size because this would improve the number of Tory MPs. However there is already a public body looking at constituency boundaries - it is called the boundary commission. It does consider the size of the constituency as well as matters such as geography and the local government boundaries.

I don't feel a popular move to changing the size of boundaries. I do sense a move towards a fairer voting system and we are well on the way to achieving it.

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