September 12th, 2011

The Full Boundary Review


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    are these leaks good like wikileaks or expenses or bad for good governece?


  2. 2
    vircantium says:

    Psephoporn! Lovely!


    • 41
      Whoflungdung says:

      Cant wait to see the ferrets biting lumps out of each other in the sack…


    • 120
      Anonymous says:

      Gaaaah. Just got NW Cambs to a state of solid Tory blue, and now they want to give us some of south Peterborough (warning – social issues) and to lose some proper farming wards around Stilton. Bastards.


      • 122
        Anonymous says:

        Plus to boot Cambridgeshire has been trying to abort Peterborough since about 1700. Now they want to call us “Peterborough South”. Bastards.


  3. 3
    Captain D says:

    “You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…”

    Or, you’ve nabbed if from the Central Office of Information – like everyone else..


  4. 4

    You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…

    What does this mean?


  5. 5
    Billy Blofeld says:

    It’s amusing to see Ed Balls constituency smashed to smithereens. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke.

    Let the internal Labour Party ferret fight begin…………


  6. 6
    Gregor Murray says:

    How can it be “full” when it only covers one nation out of four?


    • 54
      James D says:

      Because the Welsh Government (Labour) conveniently decided to sack its Local Government Boundary Commissioners, who happened to be the same people as the Boundary Commissioners for Wales. They then resigned en masse. Couldn’t possibly have been a cynical way of trying to delay losing safe Labour rotten boroughs with under 50,000 electors like Cynon Valley…


  7. 7
    Svengali says:

    This is bound to cause trouble


  8. 8
    Barry says:

    This is great!


  9. 10
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    How long before howls and cries from Labour and Lib Dems about gerrymandering etc.

    Like Labour never done it right?


    • 51
      BBC says:

      We’ll be there ready and waiting for every Labour grievance, backed up by the Guardian as always.


    • 121
      The Fallen Angel says:

      If you look at the new constituency ideas for Lancashire then actually what they’ll do is pretty much make vast swathes of the county even MORE secure labour territory; the ones for the Burnley/Nelson/Accrington/Blackburn/Darwen Rawtenstall etc areas will certainly hurt the Lib Dems chances!!!!


  10. 11
    Ed Miliband says:

    Glad to see my constituency is still there, and still a sh*thole. Not that I’ll be visiting it, of course.


  11. 12
    Windfarm Cam and his Global Warming Scam says:

    I say! What a jolly spiffing wind toady! – Watt!

    Boundaries don’t come into it! Watt!!


  12. 13
    HenryV says:

    Good-bye Farrelly you toss pot!!!

    Louise for PM!!!!!!!!!!!


  13. 15
    Laura says:

    What about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? Surely it’s Scotland where most damage is done in terms of numbers as they are grossly over-represented at the moment…


    • 35
      Alex says:

      They have separate Boundary Commissions.


      • 145
        dan says:

        Scotland is actually not far off where it should be but that is because it lost 20 seats in time for 2005 post the Scottish Parliament, Labour will lose seats regardless of boundaries as SNP are doing better.

        It is Wales that loses big in equalisation and lots of them will be Labour seats in the Valleys


  14. 16
    Engineer says:

    Just checked where I’ll be voting, and it looks far more sensible than the current arrangement.

    Fine by me. Get the Bill passed. Get on with it.


    • 63
      East India Company wallah says:

      Good for you,I however am stuck with scottish steve mc cabe the social worker on sabbattical-the W**ker


  15. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Full marks Guido! See Rowe after class for special ‘treats’


  16. 22
    smoggie says:

    Why has the Middlesbrough constituency been proposed to be extended south to the Boulevard Périphérique ?


  17. 23
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Just minor tweaks here… so what was the point and how much did this cost?


    • 44
      Nu Attack Dog says:

      On the plus side if you’re ever having trouble sleeping, just attempt to read one of those and you’ll be off in no time.


    • 76
      nonomad says:

      It is just minor tweaks and a very small number of reductions in the total of MP’s,i dont know what the original figure proposed was but it seems to have been watered down from the original proposal (suprise).
      Even Blair pre ’97 proposed but never instigated bringing us into line with other European countries which meant a reduction of approximately 33% ,as so many have so little to do plus second jobs doesn’t seem unreasonable .


  18. 25
    Steve Miliband says:

    Channel 4 set to reveal tonight which Premiership footballer isn’t on Coke


  19. 28

    Takes a safe Labour ward away from Con held Brentford & Isleworth, so that’s fine by me.


  20. 31
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Was the third umpire at this boundry review?


  21. 32
    Alex says:

    Shagger Nokes is shafted. No surprises there then.


  22. 38
    Fuck the EC says:

    F them. This war.


  23. 40
    Hellboy says:

    Behind the curve again PS. Journos have been forwarding this out to all and sundry all day.


  24. 42
    Tax Payer says:

    Balls apologises for his part in the banking crisis!!

    ….but then says it wasn’t significant :-(


  25. 43
    Engineer says:

    George Osborne’s Tatton constituency has had a spanking.



  26. 46
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    One risk is the elimination of the Shipley constituency – seat of Philip Davies, one of the few committed Out-Of-Europe MPs.

    Whether he’ll go for the new Guiseley & Yeadon seat must be questionable, so he might be out – that’s one fewer troublemaker for Cast-Iron Dave.


  27. 47
    Dr Syntax says:

    I’m glad to see they’ve taken the radical decision to abolish commas in constituency names. This blot on our democracy has been around for too long.


  28. 48
    Roundell says:

    looks like a bun fight between Mark Field and Rifkind – someones off to the Lords


  29. 55
    Luciana Berger says:

    Yay, my Consitutuency is saved! Now I can continue all the good pro-Israel work I do for my local constituents of Waverley.


  30. 56
    James D says:

    Sutton Coldfield looks an odd one. For some mysterious reason, they have swapped Sutton New Hall with Kingstanding. Doesn’t make an awful lot of sense…


    • 118
      SC says:

      James D. Yes, I live in New Hall and this makes absolutely no sense. It is a stupid decision. Kinsgstanding has around 17.5k electorate and New Hall around 17.2k electorate. So why on earth they chose to switch is beyond me, especially when they are not being absolutely spot on with their numbers elsewhere. Clearly someone is keen on sabotaging the Tory vote in SC because many people in Kingstanding either can’t be bothered to vote or vote Labour. Plus I am aware this is not about pure geography, but I think you will find that we really should be part of the SC constituency as history dictates!!!


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  32. 59
    Blind leading blind says:

    The new constituency of Middlesbrough & Paris!


  33. 60
    Anonymous says:

    North Essex carved up for Bernie J


  34. 61
    william says:

    I wanted to stand for Old Sarum in its pre 1832 form.


  35. 64
    Ken Clarke says:

    Suggesting one seat that would combine some of Devon and some of Cornwall under one MP will not be popular. Arabs and Israelis are quite fond of each other compared to Devon/Cornwall.


  36. 67
    Fenman says:

    Alan Johnson could loose Hull West with the additions of Kirkella-Willerby etc


  37. 68
    Politics for cretins says:

    Who are the boundary commissioners? A load of ex-ambulance chasers, civil servants and quangocrats.
    Jobs for the boys.


  38. 69
    Gordon Brown says:

    Here in Scotchland we will adhere to our proud tradition of disproportional representation.


  39. 70
    Stephen Timms Appreciation Society says:

    Stephen Timms, one of the most popular MPs with a large majority, is unaffected by this.
    Hurrah for Stephen!


  40. 75
    mantex says:

    Why are there no bloody MAPS in these reports?

    That’s what we want – to SEE where the new boundaries are.


    • 119
      Strolling Bones says:

      Indeed – the obvious way to tell us the new boundaries would be some sort of picture… Clearly the 21st century technology at the disposal of these numptys is not up to the job!


  41. 77
    annette curton says:

    Whatever happened to Rutland?.


  42. 83
    BBC Bias alert says:

    Hat tip Ak and SeanT on

    Compare and contrast

    which manages to avoid the word ‘Labour’ completely, with this one on Lord Hanningfield’s early release:

    which squeezes ‘Tory’ into the title and has ‘Conservative’ as the third word of the article. I used to think they had the gumption to at least try and be subtle…

    84.Anoraknophobia @82
    The bias continues in the “related stories” links at the bottom. Look at all the “More on this Story” headlines for Illsley:

    Disgraced MP ‘coping’ in prison 27 FEBRUARY 2011, SHEFFIELD & SOUTH YORKSHIRE
    Barnsley by-election date is set 09 FEBRUARY 2011, POLITICS
    Disgraced expenses fraud MP quits 08 FEBRUARY 2011, SHEFFIELD & SOUTH YORKSHIRE
    Profile: Eric Illsley 12 JANUARY 2011, POLITICS

    Not a single headline mentions his party affiliation. Not one.

    The first “More on this Story” for Hanningfield? –

    Jailed ex-Tory peer loses appeal 20 JULY 2011, POLITICS

    by SeanT September 12th, 2011 at 10:45


    • 134
      The Pundit Too says:

      Situation normal for the Bring Back Communism disservice to our country.
      Also they will mention right of centre think tanks when quoting them for their agenda, but almost never mention the word “left of centre” for any of their sources.
      About time that Hong Kong fella Patton came from beneath his rock and did the work we pay him for.


  43. 85
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Hugh Orde turned down for the Met top job. Rejoice!


  44. 86
    A Labour Munster says:

    Is it just me or does anyone else think John Healey is creepy?


    • 88
      Rat's arse says:

      Agree with you ‘Labour Munster’. He looks as if he’s died and no-one has had the heart to tell him.


  45. 91
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    If we can get rid of the ccuunnttzz north of the border and these boundary changes we should be able to keep the red rosetted traitors out of power forever in England.


  46. 94
    The Brainwashing Bullshitting Craporation says:

    We are Labour’s propaganda machine and you suckers are paying for it. Have a nice day.
    BBC Trust.


  47. 98
    P.C. 49 says:

    Billy Bowden has been named the new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

    The former right wing political blogger was appointed to the position this afternoon by the Queen


  48. 101
    Stephen P says:

    You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…

    Surely in politics these days everyone is “across” everything?

    Does Osborne like oranges?


  49. 102
    Col. M.T. Kernel (retd) says:

    SIR- *moderate chortle* Many thanks for this veritable smörgåsbord of places never to visit in one’s lifetime, sir: a fascination read on this, the windiest Sunday afternoon in living memory.
    However, having long ago become disillusioned with life in Little Cockup-By-Widdling, sir, with it’s interminable influx of retired, acne-ridden, adolescent city-types and nuclear fusion, Big Bang theory, televisual chefs jostling each other for prime position at the hatch in the public bar of the Little Cockup White Horse, this old campaigner implored the memsahib to jab at your list with her knitting needle, the resultant strike denoting a possible site for the relocation of the Kernel clan.
    Well, sir. Before the computer’s visual apparatus blinked and died, we were able to ascertain that our remaining futures, or our future remains, lay in Nonsuch in the city of Epsom and Ewell. Fascinating, I think you will agree, sir?

    Yours, over the limit for typing with two fingers, Col. M.T. Kernel (retd)


    • 129
      Sutnancheme says:

      Good choice mate. Nonsuch and Cheam are really quite liveable in. Take lots of bread to feed the ducks in the park.


  50. 103
    Stephen P says:

    Incidentally the “full” boundaries seem no to include Wales, or those bad tempered North British tribes.

    Can we have them too please?


  51. 104
    Anon says:

    I see you getting full credit in the local press Guido.


  52. 109
    Handycock, No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    Thank goodness they are not changing the Portsmouth boundaries. If they expanded them, it is entirely conceivable that more intelligent voters that the usual thick ones in Portsmouth would come in to the constituency and my troughing days would be over.


  53. 110
    Ian Hills says:

    The map fails to show the “Interreg” regions, which are planned to replace countries one day. For example the capital of the south west will be in Brest.


  54. 111
    Cornwall Is A County in England says:

    Outstanding! The inbred Cornish are going to go ballistic.

    A Devonwall constituency will scupper the cloud cuckoo thinking of a mere handful of people who want a Cornish Assembly but which the majority in the county don’t give a monkeys about, and of course the Council’s Chief Exec who loves empire building. It’ll give Andrew George something else to bellyache about too for a change.


  55. 113
    harbour says:

    How come the NI recommendations not been published here? They are, after all, being released along with the English seat proposals.


  56. 123
    Eugene says:

    what about Northern Ireland


  57. 126
    anon says:

    Guido said: “You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…”

    Are you sure that shouldn’t be “bottom” given the other news today?


  58. 127
    Paddy says:

    So 50 are going to go and a lot more MPs will be left to effectively re-apply for their “own job” again? Looks like we will have a lot of back stabbing to enjoy over the next year!


  59. 128
    Well Paid Shill says:

    Philip Davies is on the chopping block the new Bradford west constituancy is, going by councillors, winnable (9-7 tory to labour, but with 3 greens and 2 indep) but will he even be allowed to stand given his status as thorn in Dave’sside?


  60. 131
    Louise says:

    Christ what a waste of money this was. If it wasn’t going to be done properly (what is with the Tories?) it should have just been left.


    • 138
      Tacitus says:

      It should only be 500 in the Commons and 50 in the Lords for the whole of the UK.
      600 is far too many, and is one of the highest national representative bodies in the world.


  61. 132
    RightWingProtestor says:

    we shouldn’t be reducing to 600 MPs – it should be 300 at tops


  62. 133
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Why does a “One horse town like Ulverston in Cumbria need Six MP’s with a population of less than 8,000 ?


  63. 141
    Carl Eve says:

    “You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…”

    Don’t you mean “you either honour an embargo, or break it and try and take credit for an exclusive you didn’t earn”…?


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