Gerrymandering Tories are trying to rig constituency boundaries YET AGAIN

How gerrymandering works: constituency boundaries are drawn to give a particular party the best chance to win – even (especially!) if they don’t deserve to.

This is yet another perennial piece of corruption from the Conservative Party.

Recently we’ve seen them revive their plan for a “Royal Yacht” for them to sail in on trade junkets to foreign countries. It was a waste of money in 2012 when it would have cost £60 million. Today it’s supposed to cost £200 million that would be better spent alleviating poverty.

We’ve discovered they have revived their plan to give NHS England patients’ confidential medical records to private companies. The idea was for all patients’ data to be included unless the opt out – but there was no publicity, meaning nobody knew about it until organisations like This Site published stories about it.

They are pushing on with a plan to stop courts from ruling on whether government decisions or actions are unlawful – a serious blow against the rule of law and a huge step towards dictatorship in the UK.

And now we have been told they are reintroducing – for around the third time since they took office in 2010 – plans to rig national election results by changing constituency boundaries to give themselves the best possible chance of winning seats.

It’s a very old and well-known form of political corruption and it’s quite easy to tell when the change isn’t coming in to ensure all constituencies have roughly the same number of voters: instead of looking roughly square or circular, constituencies turn into very strange shapes indeed.

This is because whoever redrew the electoral boundary was trying to get as many voters for their party into each constituency as possible, while limiting the support for other parties.

I haven’t seen the proposed new constituency map so I can’t say for sure that this is what is happening.

But I can make an educated guess, on the basis of the BBC’s commentary on it here: “Overall the changes will benefit the Conservatives at the expense of Labour.”

If anyone – of any political persuasion – was serious about making constituency boundary changes fair, they would base their calculations on the last election result, so that – if the new map had been in operation then – the number of seats going to each party would have been the same.

But they’re not.

So I’m confident that this is another corrupt Tory stitch-up.

My advice is that you need to look at the proposed new boundaries of your constituency and, if it’s not currently held by a Tory, find out if it would be from now on.

If the new borders mean it would, then complain, campaign and get it changed.

Source: Parliament: Shake-up of England’s electoral map outlined – BBC News

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