Tory ‘gerrymandering’ fails to ‘Pass’ Green inspection

Alleged Tory ‘gerrymandering’ could see Whittington residents handing their council tax over to Tamworth Borough Council.

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Home-grown ‘Green’: Robert Pass, born and raised in Whittington, wants to change the way politics is done so everyone in his community is fairly represented.

They could also wind up with a new MP – Christopher Pincher.

Streethay will suffer the same fate if proposed boundary changes go ahead and the villages are shifted from Lichfield into the Tamworth constituency.

But Whittington resident Robert Pass has slammed the move, which is part of plans to cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

‘Green’ challenge

Pass, who is the Green Party’s Lichfield branch chairman, said the Tories claimed it was about financial savings and fairer representation.

But, he argued, if they wanted to cut the cost of government, why were they stuffing the Lords with huge numbers of extra Tory peers.

And if they wanted fairer representation, why were they disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of people.

Rigged data

The Boundary Commission was told to make it so the 600 constituencies that were left all had roughly the same number of voters (between 71,031 and 78,507).

But figures the bureaucrats used to set each constituency’s size came from the 2015 register of voters – said to be the most inaccurate electoral record ever.

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Tweedledum and Tweedledee: if Whittington loses (left) MP Michael Fabricant it might gain Christopher Pincher. Both Tories enraged residents by supporting HS2. Fabricant slammed people trying to stop the hated rail plan as, “mugs”. Pincher chimed in with, “you couldn’t put a cigarette paper between us on this!” Fabricant has repeatedly agreed with the principle of HS2. He also crowed in the press about getting the high-speed line shunted right up to Whittington’s boundary. There are also concerns about his very close relationship with John Lewis boss, Andrew Street. The two men shared a hideaway in Snowdonia. John Lewis’ new Birmingham store is central to the space-age station HS2 will use, making Street one of HS2’s prime beneficiaries. Fabricant has a long history of making appalling errors of judgement.

Before 2015, the register counted the voters in each household.

But the Tories changed that so everyone had to register to vote individually to get onto the electoral roll.

Missing million

An estimated 1.8 per cent of  the UK electorate vanished from the record – most thought to be non-Tory voters.

Student towns such as Canterbury saw massive potentially election result-changing voter losses of up to 13 per cent.

Also, Labour constituencies are often small, urban and poor.

Tory constituencies are most often suburban, large and rich.

Tory gerrymandering

Making the electorates all the same size will put countless thousands of suburban Tory voters into Labour’s urban constituencies.

This dilution of the socialist vote is bound to hit the party’s prospects.

Meanwhile, Tory constituencies will remain largely unaffected.

Labour will suffer an extra hit because they hold 35 of the 50 constituencies due to be axed.

Labour lock-out

A Westminster insider said the Tory goal was to lock Labour out of power for a generation.

Well known political commentator, Owen Jones, called it all: “A ruthless gerrymandering of democracy to favour the Conservative party.”

Labour and the Tories have in the past both rigged boundaries for their own advantage.

Failed system

And the Greens’ Robert Pass has concluded that: “The system is broken”.

He said ‘first past the post’ elections meant millions of people were denied any representation in Parliament.

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Smells a Tory rat: writer, columnist and broadcaster, Owen Jones, damns the boundary changes as naked Conservative gerrymandering.

More than a million people voted ‘Green’ in 2015’s elections but only have one MP, he added.

Yet with only 37 per cent of the vote, the Tories took 50 per cent of the seats and 100 per cent of the power.

More ‘Greens’ under PR

Mr. Pass said a voting system that allowed for proportional representation in 2015 would have given the Greens 24 MPs.

He said the millions of people who voted for UKIP and the Liberal Democrats would have been fairly represented too.

The Lichfield constituency has 76,293 registered voters. Under the proposed boundary change  it will reduce to 74,778.

Tamworth will go from 83,066 to 73,305.

England will lose 32 constituencies under the proposals, Scotland 6, Wales 11 and Northern Ireland 1.

Public hearings

There will be a boundary change public hearing on November 14 and 15, at the County Buildings, Stafford. The events run from 10am to 8pm.


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