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Independent experts back OneWight campaign

Monday, January 17, 2011 - 16:21

DEMOCRACY experts have backed the OneWight fight to keep the Isle of Wight one or two whole constituencies.
A paper by Democratic Audit, an independent research body based at the University of Liverpool, has urged greater tolerance over controversial constituency proposals to take account of special cases, such as the Island.
The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill will introduce a new system for drawing parliamentary boundaries, cutting the number of MPs to 600 and requiring the registered electorate of each seat to be more precisely equal than before.
Other than for a very few special cases in Scotland, it requires constituencies to be no more than a five per cent deviation from a national quota — rigidly between 72,200 and 79,800 electors.
On the Island it would result in around 30,000 residents being attached to one or more mainland seats.
In his paper, The ten per cent solution, senior research fellow Lewis Baston says it would create 'an absurd constituency with no coherent identity'.
He stated: "There is ample room for a few more constituencies to depart from the national average in the interests of geography, local identity or simple common sense."
Island MP Andrew Turner said: "The general thrust of this report is very sensible. It is ridiculous to try to shoe-horn every constituency into a standard model regardless of history, geography and communities."

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