Boris Johnson and David Davis are big boundary change losers

Written by Dods staff on 17 October 2017 in Diary
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Fellow Tory Brexiteers James Cleverely and Priti Patel have also got a bad deal.

Boris Johnson and David Davis are the two favourites to win the next Tory leadership contest and take over from Theresa May.

They have also now emerged as two of the biggest losers from new proposals published by the Boundary Commission

The new proposals to reshape Britain’s electoral map and cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600 were published this morning. They are due to come into force before the 2022 election.

Under the plans, the foreign secretary’s Uxbridge & South Ruislip seat will gain Labour-held council wards, making it a tight marginal that Johnson could struggle to hold.

At the same time, Davis’ constituency of Haltemprice & Howden seat is sliced cut in two, forcing the Brexit secretary to fight against Tory MP Andrew Percy for a new seat.

Also losing out in the shake-up are fellow Tory Brexiteers Priti Patel and James Cleverly, while Theresa May’s Maidenhead constituency is unchanged.

On the other side of the Commons, Jeremy Corbyn’ Islington North seat is scrapped, potentially pitting him against his shadow cabinet colleagues Emily Thornberry and Diane Abbott to represent a single seat.

But Labour insiders suggest that Corbyn, Thornberry and Abbott will all be fine in the end. The domino effect means that either Meg Hillier in Hackney South & Shoreditch or Jim Fitzpatrick in Poplar and Limehouse will ultimately lose out, they suggest.

Meanwhile, Johnson, Davis, Patel, Cleverly, Hillier, Fitzpatrick et al should not worry too much at this stage.

With the loss of the Conservative majority in June’s snap election, it is by no means certain the changes will even be passed – because the DUP is vehemently opposed to the proposals for Northern Ireland.

 

 

 

 

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