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Constituency boundary changes ignore the main issue

June 10, 2021 8:54 AM
By Bryan Lewis

On 8th June the Boundary Commission England published its proposals for new boundaries for English constituencies. Scotland and Wales will follow later. Current constituencies have a huge variation in their electorates and the new electoral boundaries attempt to ensure that they all contain around 73,400 constituents each.

The fact remains that, due to the distortions of our first-past-the-post voting system, these changes will do nothing whatsoever to correct the absurdity of the existing democratic deficit.

Apart from Belarus, the UK is now the only country in Europe that still operates the unfair and outdated First Past The Post voting system in which most votes are wasted and only those in marginal constituencies determine which political party forms the government.

Surely our electoral officials could be much more constructively employed in addressing the issue of how to design a fairer system of proportional representation that ensures all votes count equally.