"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Fifty MPs To Go

When Constituency boundaries are re-drawn under governnent proposals fifty MPs will become redundant. England will once again bear the brunt of the changes - 31 MPs will disappear.  Is it not enough that England is the only country within the Union without its own Assembly/Executive that representation should be reduced even further?
The act sets out complicated formulas for ensuring that almost all seats are roughly the same size, and the Boundary Commission for England said that the majority of existing constituencies are likely to be affected.

England's representation at Westminster will drop from 533 to 502 MPs, Wales's from 40 to 30, Scotland's from 59 to 52 and Northern Ireland's from 18 to 16.

Within England, the North West will lose seven MPs and London and the West Midlands five each. Four MPs will go in Yorkshire and the Humber, three in the North East and two in each of the South East, East of England, East Midlands and South West.

No constituencies will cross national borders, and the Boundary Commission for England said it will aim to ensure that none cross regional boundaries.

But critics say that the act's requirement for all but a few seats to contain between 72,810 and 80,473 voters will inevitably mean crossing county, council and ward boundaries and overriding historic loyalties.
If regionalisation is to be entrenched then England must have its own Parliament.  How about Winchester, ancient capital of Wessex, or York, which already has a Parliament Square and a Parliament Street?



3 comments:

  1. Problem with an English Parliament GV, is that you will have promptly carried out the complete regionalisation of the UK - which is exactly what the EU wants.

    The UK will be ruled through the Committee of the Regions - even now the existence of Parliament is virtually negated.

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  2. Exactly Mr W - but barring a UKIP or BNP Prime Minister there's no other choice. The English must have a voice within the EU's regionalisation policy. No amount of blogging will blow the EU off course.

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  3. How about Westminster, the ancient seat of English governance, and bugger the anti Southern prejudices of those in the South Eastern Subsidy dependent other 'regions' of England?

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