Today, Labour defeated the government on changes to Parliamentary constituencies, by 257 votes to 35.
We passed the second reading of the Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2016-17 which does the following things:
- Retains the number of MPs at 650
- Sets boundaries based on an electoral register that takes account of the 2 million extra voters who registered since December 2015
- Requires equal sized seats, but with a 10%, rather than a 5% variation which will allow boundaries to further take into account community ties and geography
- Sets a Boundary Review every 10 years, rather than every 5 years
The bill will now pass to committee stage, before being debated again in parliament next year. As it stands, this is a real victory for democracy, and takes a stand against Tory gerrymandering. Watch the video of the announcement below!
You can read the full text of the debate here.