Thursday, May 18, 2006
Boundary Commission Proposals Out
I'm no Nicholas Whyte but a few points arise:
1- the retreat from any radical readjustment of East Antrim. UUP sources had been hoping for tactical voting in the proposed "Coast and Glens" seat to remove Sammy Wilson.
2- the extension of the Belfast seats. Given the RPA surely it makes sense to have Belfast City Councils' boundaries coterminous with those of the four parliamentary seats?
3- the retention of 18 seats. The blunt answer to the West Lothian Question has been a reduction in Scottish representation at Westminster. Should devolution ever work here will a similar reduction be proposed for NI? With MLAs returned for parliamentary constituencies could this have a knock-on effect at Stormont?