Sadly, our Labour MP has petulantly attacked the impartial civil servants Boundary Commission for political bias – despite the very same civil servants drawing up her Hampstead & Kilburn seat in 2010.
I welcome the creation of a parliamentary constituency for Hampstead. It better reflects the fact that most of north-west London’s transport links – such as Finchley Road and the Northern line – are north-south, not east-west, and unites the areas surrounding Hampstead Heath.
It’s sad to see Camden’s MPs resort to party-political drivel. Boundary reviews have been conducted by independent civil servants at the Boundary Commission since 1944. This is the sixth review under that process.
Those reviews are conducted impartially, with no control by politicians or the government.
Labour didn’t complain when the fifth boundary review created Hampstead & Kilburn: probably because the Conservatives would have won an unchanged Hampstead & Highgate.
Labour also didn’t complain when the abortive 2012 review would’ve torn Belsize and Fortune Green out of Hampstead & Kilburn: moves that local residents and the Conservatives fought against to preserve our community.
This review is only different to previous reviews in that it requires all parliamentary constituencies to have the same number of voters. Labour-held seats have had smaller electorates than Conservative seats at every election since 1959, with the average Labour MP representing 5,000 fewer voters than each Conservative.
Seats being equal sized means every vote carries equal weight. That’s not gerrymandering – that’s democracy.