Tuesday, 8 May 2012

A double win for Nadine Dorries?

Could the boundary changes (including Devonwall) be delayed until after the next election? That's one fascinating idea being mooted within the coalition according to Channel 4 News' Gary Gibbon.

He suggests that the right wingers are causing such a fuss within the Conservative Party that the coalition's pledge to introduce Lords reform this term might have to be put on the back burner. But this would be a problem for the Lib Dems who would rightly point to the fact that Lords reform was in both party manifestos and in the coalition agreement. So the Lib Dems would need a favour in return and the delay in reducing the size of the House of Commons (and such unpopular measures as Devonwall) might well be it.

I've suggested since the start that the boundary changes may well not happen and pausing them until after the next General Election could well be it. After all, if Labour are in power after 2015 they won;t be pushing forward a measure they think is unfair.

The only problem I have with this idea is that it is a double win for whinging Tory right-winger Nadine Dorries. Not only is she one of the most vocal critics of Lords reform. but she also hates the boundary changes which would see her Mid Bedfordshire seat disappear.

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