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Westminster North population is twice as big as electoral roll, says MP Buck

Warning that expanding constituency boundaries will overwhelm politicians

22 June, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Karen Buck, the Labour MP for Westminster North

KAREN Buck told a debate in the House of Commons her constituency is twice as big as officials think.

The Labour MP for Westminster North said the population was “far greater than the registered population” on the electoral register.

Ms Buck warned that proposals to expand boundaries would overwhelm constituency offices.

She said: “I declare an interest here, because my own constituency has a population twice the size of the registered population.

“This is only going to get worse with the arbitrary reduction to 600 members, further reducing the connection between Members of Parliament and those they serve.”

The shadow leader of the Commons, Valerie Vaz MP, agreed, saying she regularly dealt with cases “that go beyond those on the electoral register”.

Changes to reduce the number of MPs in the Commons are being drawn up on the basis of a 2011 law that agreed in principle to cut numbers by 50 to 600.

Since 2011 the Boundary Commissions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are required to redraw the UK’s political map every five years to take account of changes in population shifts.

This was a commitment made by David Cameron in the wake of the 2009 Commons expenses scandal.

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