The prime minister’s hopes of fighting the next election on redrawn constituency boundaries have been dashed after a Commons defeat.

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The proposed changes were thought to offer an electoral boost to the Conservatives, but MPs voted by 334 to 292, a majority of 42, to delay the review of boundaries until 2018.

Liberal Democrat MPs voted against their Conservative coalition partners in retaliation for backbench Tories sabotaging House of Lords reform.

However, if implemented the proposed changes could have seen East Anglian Tory MPs having to fight each other to stand in the seats set out under the new boundaries.

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  • No one in their right mind ever thought this was going to get through today. Both Labour and the Lib Dems would each have lost quite a few seats had the move been successful. So one can understand why they were both dead against it. The Lib Dems being as cynical as usual with their reasons for opposing the proposed changes. With Labour not doing that well at the moment and unless their fortunes take a change for the better, I think we may well be back in Coalition territory again post 2015 General Election. That`s lot of if, buts and maybes but I would have thought mid term Ed Miliband would be walking it, but he only seems to be walking backwards at the moment. So I can`t see this matter ever being sorted out until the Tories form a single party government.

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    BG

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Poor DaveCam, looks so upset in that picture, or is he choking on his insincerity. Trying to fiddle the boundaries to get rid of those tricky marginals, shame on you. Why doesn't he promise a referendum, put it on the same ballot paper as the EU nonsense - nonsense that has had the desired effect: a 5 percentage points boost to their poll rating.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Quite rightBG, silly Wallace doesn't know how to play the game. He should have trumped DC's gimmick by saying he would give the country a vote on Euro exit in 2016 if elected PM. No good saying what you believe in when chasing votes, you need to get into power first then do what you like and keep blaming it on the last lot. LOL

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • When one looks at voters participation, this electoral system has failed to be representative. The current system is riddled with postal vote fraud and mere boundary changes would have just given the existing parties a hands up, or down. What we need is a choice of electoral systems, not politicians chosing for us and presenting us with the worst option,take it or leave it. AV is not ptroportioanl and the boundary vote shows how much this coalition is split. What of the House of Lords and Commons reforms, all nice words but no substance. A self interested bunch of career politicians, they all have forgotten that they are representing a mandate from us, the voters.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • If I understood this correctly this loses the only chance that rural constituencies and the south of England had of having fair representation in Parliament It was obviously going to happen-no Labour MP was going to vote for changes which would remove the unfair advantage they gain from rotten urban constituencies such as in the North East but I am surprised the Lib Dems were opposed. Only true proportional representation can give those of us who live in East Anglia as much representation in Parliament for our vote as those who live in some other parts of the UK-Scotland and Wales for instance. But boundary changes would have been a start.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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