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Top three Tory banana skins

Cameron’s promise of power to the people may trip him up

By Robert Hazell   March 2010

In early February David Cameron launched “fixing broken politics,” with big promises to strengthen parliament while also returning power to people and communities. The three flagship policies he outlined to do this all look attractive at a glance, but begin to look more politically perilous the closer you examine them. And all may come back to haunt him.

The first is to reduce the size of the House of Commons by 10 per cent before the end of the first Tory term, which means removing 65 MPs. This will require a review of all constituency boundaries, as well as streamlining…

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