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Constituency boundaries: The zombie review staggers on

Progress on redrawing the electoral map is possible—but not like this

By Lewis Baston  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The Boundary Commissions for England, Scotland and Wales published their revised proposals for new parliamentary constituencies on 17th October, sending MPs and commentators to the maps and calculators. The initial proposals made earlier in the year were materially altered in more than half the proposed constituencies, as the Commissions tried to reflect the results of the open consultation exercise they had carried out over the spring and summer. Regrettably, the Commissions have also tinkered with and lengthened many constituency names.

The coalition government rewrote the…

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