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Why are constituency boundaries being redrawn?

And why will the Labour Party suffer?

By John Curtice  

A polling booth in the Ealing Central and Acton Constituency ©John Walton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It is often argued that one of the desirable features of a democratic election is that every vote should be of equal value. One of the ways in which that principle can be realised is by ensuring that the ratio of representatives to voters is more or less the same everywhere.

In the case of Britain’s single member plurality system, that means ensuring that the number of voters in each…

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