Some boundaries of democracy
That’s fate. My old constituency of Morley and Rothwell was abolished in 2010 and eventually the new seat of Morley and Outwood, with a new candidate was lost to the Tories. Rather careless I thought at the time. But I’ve just looked at the proposed new parliamentary boundaries, and a new seat of Morley is to be created which, all things being equal, the Tories will lose. The population of the area must have grown quite a bit, since the new seat looks remarkably similar to my old constituency, minus the ancient town of Rothwell (which was once bigger than Leeds itself). All these changes look a bit random to me (not being a conspiracy theorist). But nationally they favour the Tories largely at the expense of Labour. And today the Supreme Court ruled out a challenge to the Tories’ plan to force voters to produce photo i/d at polling stations. Pure gerrymandering, Republican style.
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