Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, September 08, 2017

Reality strikes: some consequences of electoral defeat

When the Tories lost their Parliamentary majority in the last election, some of their campaign promises had to be abandoned.

Theresa May 'to ditch plans to cut number of MPs
PM May and manifesto
A Conservative manifesto pledge to slash the number of MPs in a bid to save £50m is set to be abandoned, according to reports…

The reform was intended to save £50m over five years and equalise the number of voters in each constituency.

But concern about getting a Commons majority for the move, which would mean a wide-ranging redrawing of constituency boundaries, has reportedly led to the change of direction…

Labour opposes the reduction, which would cut the number of seats in its urban heartlands and result in the party losing more seats than the Tories. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has previously labelled the plans “gerrymandering”.

The Tory leadership is preparing to abandon the plan and ask the Boundary Commission to redo the review on the basis of keeping all 650 MPs to ensure that all constituencies are of broadly equal size, the Times said.

If abandoned, the plans will be the latest Tory manifesto pledge scrapped in the wake of the snap election in June.

May has already dropped plans to push through social care funding changes dubbed the “dementia tax”, and an expansion of grammar schools since the election.

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