[First Published on Wednesday 17th March 2010]
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A senior government minster has laid into David Cameron’s plans to reduce the number of MPs should he get into power. Justice Minister Jack straw accused the Conservative’s call to cut the cost of politics of being “camouflage for a dangerous, destructive and anti-democratic piece of gerrymandering”.
He also noted that reducing the number of MPs would disproportionately harm those living in traditional Labour areas such as inner cities and Scotland. “The Conservatives aim to butcher scores of constituencies for sordid political ends” he told those attending the Hansard Society event, “their proposal isn’t about cutting the cost of politics; it is about advantaging the conservative party”.
Mr Straw rejected Tory claims that the number of MPs has increased significantly, telling those present at the Hansard Society event that there are only 3% more MPs than in 1950 even though the British population has increased 25% over the same time.
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