Theresa May – because of fears of the reaction of her own back-benchers – has shelved plans to try to force through changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries that would have given them an advantage of twenty or so seats compared to current boundaries.
The closeness of the result at last year’s general election can be seen on this BBC map, in which all constituencies are represented as if of equal size:
This is the situation that the Tories have been accused of trying to rig in their favour, by forcing through a boundary review which saw 1.4 million poor and ethnic minority voters excluded in the way in which the new boundaries were calculated.
The delay to the changes is welcome – but the Tories’ assault on the democratic rights of ordinary people and their attempt to rig all future elections in their favour must be cancelled completely if the UK is to hold onto even a semblance of genuine democracy.
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