PENARTH MP DOUGHTY CELEBRATES BID TO FOIL UK BOUNDARY REVIEW

Unusually the Opposition benches were almost full at 9.30 on a Friday morning

Unusually the Opposition benches were almost full at 9.30 on a Friday morning – to spring a trap on the Government.

While the vast majority of Conservative MPs were spending Friday away from the House of Commons doing constituency work, Labour MPs (including Stephen Doughty MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) ambushed the Government on the Boundary Commission’s plans to re-organise the territories of UK Parliamentary constituencies.

Labour MPs  voted 253 to 37 on the second reading of a Labour Bill which would – in theory – (although its unlikely ever to become law) frustrate the independent Boundary Commission’s forthcoming changes…including those for Cardiff South and Penarth.

The present constituency boundaries has Penarth within the Labour-domincated Cardiff South and Penarth constituency. The Bound Commission proposes placing Penarth in a new "Vale of Glamorgan East" constituency

The present UK Parliamentary boundaries have Penarth within the Labour-dominated Cardiff South and Penarth constituency. The Boundary Commission proposes placing Penarth in a new “Vale of Glamorgan East” constituency

Under the Boundary Commission’s proposed changes,  the total number of MPs would be cut from the present 650 to 600, the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency would be scrapped  to make way for a new “Cardiff South” constituency  – and Penarth would be placed in a new constituency of “Vale of Glamorgan East”.

Today’s Labour Bill was an attempt to frustrate the Boundary Commission’s Parliamentary make-over by  forcing it to use an “updated” electoral register  and adopt a more flexible headcount for the number of voters in each revised constituency.

Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth appeared to be celebrating today on Twitter - but he may not have the last laugh. In fact the boundary proposals -which will take Penarth out of "Doughty's" constituency - and possibly consign him to deselection - are far more democratic than the current boundaries

Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth appeared to be celebrating today on Twitter – but he may not have the last laugh.The Boundary Commission proposals will take Penarth out of Doughty’s current constituency and Doughty himself may well face a selection battle to become the Labour candidate for “Cardiff South”

Parliamentary sources say that what Doughty has described as today’s Government “defeat” is likely to be a hollow victory  for Labour. The Government  is now likely to call a fresh parliamentary vote which will nullify today’s Labour vote –  which has been called – “a Labour attempt at sabotage –  motivated by self-preservation.”

The constitution minister Chris Skidmore said Labour MPs were only trying to scupper the Boundary Commission changes because so many of them are worried about being de-selected by pro-Corbyn Momentum activists. Skidmore said  “Labour MPs are opposing boundary reforms as they are paranoid that the hard-left Labour leadership and Momentum will use the process to bully and deselect them.”

Mr Skidmore said “Such Labour infighting is not a reason to hold back an already-delayed review by an independent and impartial body.”

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10 Responses to PENARTH MP DOUGHTY CELEBRATES BID TO FOIL UK BOUNDARY REVIEW

  1. Chris Franks says:

    We should cull about 600+ in the Lords. £300 a day for just turning up.

  2. Big Davey says:

    What a wassock. It is the boundary commission that has recommended this re-structure not the govt. Bit of a vested interest here Mr Doughty,…… to keep one’s job!

  3. Lindsay says:

    Reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 when membership of the House of Lords, during the tenure of David Cameron, rose from just over 700 to well in excess of 800, mostly Conservative appointments. Hmmmmm.

  4. Christopher David says:

    Dough boy………….boundaries son. For example 4 instead of 22 in Wales scrounger.

  5. Christopher David says:

    Mr Franks- 300 squids is just the starting point. Don’t hide it, we’ve both been up there and know it . No mini cull…cull all 800+ and have an elected chamber?

  6. Louise C says:

    In our ‘post fact’ world it would be nice if decent politicians stopped lying. The boundary changes are non-partisan. They are fair and they are not gerrymandering. Decades of crying wolf has led the USA to disaster. Let’s not follow.

  7. Peter Church says:

    Doughty: looking after number one as usual!

    • snoggerdog says:

      im not a doughboy supporter by any means,but the phrase,”looking after number one” should not be used as an insult, cos if you dont,who else is going to in this dog eat dog world? w*****r is another word used as an insult,but if you arent one then you cant be human. by the way the duchess of fyfe makes delicous doughboys.

  8. penarthblog says:

    I would be happy for Penarth to be a part of the Vale of Glamorgan East constituency.

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