In the Conservatives’ 2015 Manifesto, they committed to a review of constituency boundaries, reducing the number of Members of Parliament to 600. Much umbrage was taken to this, as instead of being based on constituency population, it’s instead based on registered electors. As such, the Tories have been accused of trying to create an in-built majority to the House of Commons. Politics isn’t easy to understand – especially statistical politics like this – so Pulse Politics are doing the legwork for you, and finding out how this would affect the UK’s political landscape.
Facing a reduction from 54 seats to 50, the majority of constituencies in the Yorkshire and the Humber region face a dramatic review, with almost every seat in the Yorkshire and the Humber region facing massive change. Easily the most interesting will be former Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s seat of Sheffield Hallam. It morphs into the Sheffield Hallam and Stocksbridge constituency:
The original constituency boundaries appear in blue, with the revised ones appearing in red. This takes in the Stocksbridge and West Don council ward, which is represented by two UKIP Councillors – the party normally seen as the opposite of the Liberal Democrats – as well as a Labour one. This could pose a challenge to Clegg, who has a small majority already.
Sources suggest that Clegg may stand down for the 2020 General Election, which when coupled with such tenuous boundaries, seems likely, though cannot be taken as a given.