Won­der­ing how the MPs will vote

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AT long last the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion has come up with a dis­tri­bu­tion of Par­lia­men­tary seats which is be­ing put to the mem­bers for a vote of ac­cep­tance.

See­ing that it will re­duce the num­ber of MPs from 625 to 600 I am not bet­ting on it be­ing passed, be­cause it will be like tur­keys vot­ing for Christ­mas.

We must ques­tion, how­ever, why the num­ber of MPs has grown to its present size.

France has only 577 De­putees in its As­sem­bly, the Philip­ines with a pop­u­la­tion of over 103 mil­lion has 297 and the USA has only 435 in its House of rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

As for the ar­gu­ment that the pro­posed new bound­aries will in­clude more than one local au­thor­ity in some cases, it makes no dif­fer­ence.

Many years ago I lived in Tewkes­bury, Glouces­ter­shire which had its own MP but my part of the town be­longed the the con­stituency of South Worces­ter­shire. What was also re­mark­able was that our MP was a Con­ser­va­tive and the Tewkes­bury MP was Lib­eral.

It made no dif­fer­ence, our MPs acted for the ben­e­fit of all con­stituents and not party hacks. BRIAN TAY­LOR, North Shields

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