Wondering how the MPs will vote
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