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Boundary Changes To Cut Labour's Majority

Labour's majority may fall from 67 to 50 next time round, even if everyone votes the same way, due to proposed boundary changes, reports The Times:

NEW boundary changes in England will lead to the scrapping of six Labour strongholds and the creation of 11 constituencies in the Tory shires.

The Boundary Commission will recommend new constituencies in counties such as Hampshire, Norfolk and Wiltshire while abolishing seats in areas such as Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester. The changes will come into force before the next general election.

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The average size of the electorate in Labour seats is 65,000, compared with 73,000 for Conservative constituencies — an unequal division of voters thought to be worth at least 30 Members in the House of Commons. The overall result would notionally cut Labour’s 67-seat Commons majority to around 50.

June 19, 2005 in Misc | Permalink

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