In Nick Clegg’s statement today:
The Bill will require the Boundary Commissions to set new constituencies within 5% of a target quota of registered electors, with just two exceptions: Orkney and Shetland, and the Western Isles.
So given that it is very hard to combine the Isle of Wight (or part of it) with the mainland, does this mean that it will be our size indicator for new constituencies? If so then the size must have the Isle of Wight within 5% of it.
In 2010 the electorate was 103,480, so that gives a range of averages from 98552 to 108926 if the IoW is one of the two extremes:
Of course the Isle might be a middle value. These sizes will also make Orkney & Shetland, and the Western Isles even more anomalous.
Nick Clegg’s statement will hopefully put to bed the ridiculous fake misunderstandings about the
55%66%. Just to be clear he says:
First – traditional powers of no confidence will be put into law, and a vote of no confidence will still require only a simple majority.
I do hope Labout ranters note this: at the moment if a government loses a confidence motion it doesn’t legally have to go. It will of course, but it doesn’t have to. Nick goes on:
Second – if, after a vote of no confidence, a Government cannot be formed for 14 days, Parliament will be dissolved and a General Election will be held.
It wasn’t unusual to change executive and even party without a new election in the twentieth century: Conservative Balfour, for example handed over to Liberal Campbell-Bannerman in 1905 as Asquith could form a government in the exisiting parliament.
The rise from 55% to 2/3 for dissolution is good news. It takes the power to dissolve parliament out of the hands of most Governments. That power gave Thatcher and Blair a huge advantage in picking the timing of the election that they used well. Brown didn’t.
Looks like good stuff. Annoying that the news cycle is rightly dominated by something far nastier.
No news on Lord Reform expected before Summer it appears.
Nick has just said he anticipates the average size being around 75,000. So what will the arrangements around the Isle of Wight be?(Or Ynys Mon at 49831 come to that)