Scottish MPs threatened by boundary review

The Boundary Commission's latest plans, published at midnight, continue to push for Islington North to be abolished.

However, there are doubts whether MPs will agree to the plans, which would leave England with 32 fewer seats, Scotland six fewer, Wales 11 fewer and Northern Ireland - which will publish its revised plans at a later date - one less than at this summer's general election. Initial analysis of the plans indicate a marginally worse electoral map for Labour if they are implemented.

The Labour leader's Islington North seat will cease to exist under the proposal to shake up constituencies across the United Kingdom in order to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

The shake-up of north London seats will potentially pit Mr Corbyn against a pair of his closest allies - shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott - in seeking to represent a single Islington seat and the proposed Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington constituency.

The Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would also be scrapped.

However, it is by no means certain the changes, due to come into force before the 2022 election, will even be passed following the loss of the Conservative majority in June's snap election.

The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland does not report its revised proposals until January, and it remains to be seen if the plans will be modified enough to bring the DUP onside.

Shadow minister for voter engagement Cat Smith called the plans "undemocratic".

She said: "Labour stands ready to work with all parties to ensure that a boundary review can go ahead in a way that benefits our democracy, not just the Conservative Party". "However it has been clear from the start that the Tories have only been interested in their own political advantage rather than what is in the best interests of the country".

However, Liberal Democrat chief whip Alistair Carmichael said it would take a "miracle" for the current plans to be approved. He said: "The DUP will not wear this review. The government should stop wasting public funds and bow to the inevitable".

The proposed constituency boundaries in England, Scotland and Wales have been drawn up on the basis the total number of MPs will be cut from 650 to 600.

When the initial proposals were published previous year, Labour said the plans were politically motivated and queried why the boundary commissions were told to use electoral data from December 2015, before an estimated 2 million new voters signed up for the Brexit referendum.

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