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Harman Calls for Halt on Boundary Changes

Weekly PMQs at Westminster

Prime Minister’s questions last week prompted criticism from Harriet Harman, leader of the Labour Party, about Conservative plans to draw up constituency boundary changes now.

Harman argued that with the electoral register in its current state- with only a third of black people registered to vote, and with only half of young people on the register-  the government’s plans to introduce boundary changes will render the system at large unfair, further alienating those not on the electoral roll.

While Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has also conceded that there is a problem with the register, Cameron was quick to hit back at Harman, blaming thirteen years of Labour bureaucracy for the problem.

Harman’s comments also echoed those of Jack Straw who commented on the issue last week, highlighting the fact that should the reforms be introduced now, the government’s proposals will deepen the risk of eligible people not voting.

Other topics covered included the tightening of laws over gun ownership and civil liberties.

by Richard Sudan

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2 Responses

  1. “Harman argued that with the electoral register in its current state- with only a third of black people registered to vote, and with only half of young people on the register- the government’s plans to introduce boundary changes will render the system at large unfair, further alienating those not on the electoral roll”.

    I’m sorry but this is total nonsense. I don’t care what the name of the constituency happens to be nor who my MP is. I will always live where I live whatever name it’s given and whoever represents it. Harriet should come clean and just say she thinks the coalition government will break up Labour held seats. Whether Black people are registered in those seats has nothing to do with it. If they’re not registered in one seat it’s not going to affect anything just because there’s a boundary change. Am totally fed up of Harriet Harman using race when it suits her but not doing anything practical at all for Black people. If she’s concerned about the lack of Black people on the electoral register and she should get off her backside and sort that out. The race argument ius lazy and patronising here.

  2. Observer is right – boundary changes are planned to remove gerrymanded Labour dominated seats. People are free to register, they have been for decades. If they cannot be bothered to register or vote then so be it.

    People who are registered will still vote and voting matters.

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