MP boundary changes in Waltham Forest put on hold

Proposals to change parliamentary constituencies in Waltham Forest have been put on hold after a Commons vote this afternoon.

The government passed legislation in 2011 to cut the number of English MPs in Parliament from 533 to 502 and even out the amount of people living in each constituency.

Shortly afterwards the Boundary Commission launched a consultation on the geographical details of the shake-up, before then unveiling tweaked plans in 2012.

These included proposals to divide Waltham Forest into two constituencies, 'Chingford' and 'Leyton', effectively splitting Walthamstow in half.

This was then subject to another consultation but the House of Lords scuppered the progress of the reforms by voting to delay any changes.

That position has now been backed up MPs who voted by 334 to 292 in agreement this afternoon.

It means any constituency shake-ups will now be postponed until 2018 at the earliest.

 

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2:42pm Wed 30 Jan 13

UKIP-local says...

Although I have no reason to speak up for the Conservative Party, the current boundaries are indefensible. David Davies had a good point to make that if the number of MPs were to be reduced by ten per cent, so should the government, to avoid the PM having too much control over the governing party in Parliament.

The LibDems, having undertaken to support the proposed change, showed their unreliability and desperation by voting against it. Who would want o be in coalition with LibDems in future?
Although I have no reason to speak up for the Conservative Party, the current boundaries are indefensible. David Davies had a good point to make that if the number of MPs were to be reduced by ten per cent, so should the government, to avoid the PM having too much control over the governing party in Parliament. The LibDems, having undertaken to support the proposed change, showed their unreliability and desperation by voting against it. Who would want o be in coalition with LibDems in future? UKIP-local
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