Parliamentary Constituencies (amendment) Bill

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.

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