Been a very busy week for me, so didn’t get chance to highlight this little ditty from Westminster on Tuesday, where it seems Richard Graham has finally read the Boundary rules and tried to get Nick Clegg to get him out of the embarrassing situation that he made for himself, by offering propositions that go against the mandate that he originally voted for. Nick, however, wasn’t going to do that and he refused to get involved.
Richards Question was as follows:
I strongly support the principle of fairness in constituency size, which is behind the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, but does the Deputy Prime Minister recognise that the Boundary Commission’s proposal to relocate Gloucester’s entire city centre into the Forest of Dean constituency seriously damages the link between the Member of Parliament and the city, and the accountability of the MP for Gloucester’s regeneration? Does he agree that the Boundary Commission could split a ward? Will he confirm that that is in order?
And Nick replied (after some cajoling from the Labour Benches)
As my hon. Friend Richard Graham knows, this is simply not a matter for Ministers.
Maybe that was the background to the Smokescreen article in the Citizen on Tuesday, suggesting that Quedgeley could be at risk of being moved, when no-one, not the Boundary Commission, nor any Political Party has suggested it. Maybe the Local Conservatives are so embarrassed by how the foolish suggestion of splitting Westgate has shown just how little preparation or research was done into the bill, that they felt they had to do something to move the public spotlight!