Much of the talk in Westminster this week has been about the new parliamentary constituency boundaries, published by the Boundary Commission on Monday.

But even as they have been revealed, there are some doubts they will be adopted.

There are two main flaws with the proposals. The first is that the current government has reduced the number of MPs from 650 to 600.  That means fewer MPs overall, which for a growing population seems strange. But it also means fewer MPs to scrutinise the actions of the government.

That scrutiny is an essential part of a democracy particularly as it look like we will be losing all our MEPs after Brexit and there will be more work, not less, for MPs to do.

The government justify this by saying they want to reduce the cost of politics. But since coming to office in 2010 they have already appointed more new members of the House of Lords than any previous government.

The second problem is that the government wants to equalise the size of all constituencies so the instructions given by the government to the Boundary Commission were to allow very small variations around the national average size of constituencies. Certainly it makes sense to have similar sized constituencies.

But going only on the numbers means you can’t take into account local factors, such as geography or sense of community.

So one Scottish MP tells me that his proposed new constituency is so big, that the equivalent in England would start in central London and reach up to Nottingham.

In Cheshire we lose a seat, as do our neighbours over the border in North Wales.

Constituency boundaries are important, because the link between an MP and their constituency and constituents is so fundamental to our democracy.

People like to identify with an area and if they feel a part of an area, then they also feel more connected to the political process.

All the Opposition parties will vote against the proposals and want the Boundary Commission to start again, but maintaining the numbers at 650.

But numerous of my Conservative friends tell me that they are unhappy too and will vote against. For this reason the government cannot be sure of winning the vote and are now saying they will delay the decision. Ministers fear they have too much on their plate with the chaos and madness of Brexit.

It has been ten years since the boundaries were last changed so we need a review. Democracy can’t be done on the cheap, so I hope ministers will listen and start again without this pointless reduction in MPs.

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