Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have opposed the Government’s plans to reduce the size of the House of Commons to 600 MPs, and slammed the likely effect on the district’s own constituencies.
The council’s ruling Conservatives this evening forced through a motion in support of the plans, despite the Leader of Labour’s councillors telling them that there was no justification for them. Councillor Pat Rooney said:
“The last time that the Commons was this small was in 1800, before the Irish MPs were included, so this will produce the smallest House of Commons in the United Kingdom’s entire history.
This comes at a time when the UK’s population is steadily growing. And once we Brexit our Parliament will surely have greater responsibilities – that is what we were told.
It is hypocritical of the Government to cut the elected half of Parliament when at the same time the House of Lords is growing, with 804 current members and 260 new peers created since May 2010.
Forcing up the size of each constituency inevitably means that at least one of South Gloucestershire’s seats will have to be cross border. And the proposal for Kingswood is bizarre, adding a large rural ward onto a compact semi-urban seat, completely changing its character.
These plans make no objective sense. But then the objective of this motion is to support Conservative Party advantage rather than common sense.”