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Current Jarrow seat may disappear say researchers

Let’s throw our hands up in the air in a shock horror moment!

Well that’s just about the reaction that we ought to expect in large quarters of South Tyneside, as some “experts” speculate that the current constituency of Jarrow will be “wiped off the map” as a result of the coalition government carrying out its electoral pledge to reduce the overall number of MPs to 600. We did after all want to reduce the costs of our democracy didn’t we?

Personally I think the views of these experts, if realised, would leave a fairly silly looking situation where parts of the borough of South Tyneside would be represented by three Members of Parliament for South Shields and Jarrow, Gateshead East and Hebburn, and Washington. Geographically the map would look flawed destroying age old local identities. I rather preferred the comment of South Shields MP David Miliband who said that he couldn’t comment “until the actual proposals are out”.

Personally I’d prefer to keep both Jarrow and South Shields with Biddick Hall and Whiteleas going into Jarrow, and Cleadon Village and East Boldon coming into the South Shields constituency – but that’s exactly what you would expect me to hope for isn’t it? 🙂

Let them find some other seats in the north-east to lose!

Full report from the Democratic Audit researchers at Liverpool University  here (.pdf) Yes folks it’s only a university project.

Your views please!

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Written by curly

June 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

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  1. You’re right, Curly. At this stage it is only a University project BUT they have applied the parameters set by this Tory led Government i.e each constituency to have about 76000 electors give or take 5%. This is not just about reducing the number of MPs. It’s a blatant attempt by your lot to gerrymander the electoral system with a view to reducing the number of Labour held seats (though there is evidence that the main losers would, in fact, be the LibDems). Because both Shields and Jarrow have electotares way under the 76000 mark, playing about with Biddick Hall,Whiteleas,Cleadon and East Boldon won’t make a ha’porth of difference. It’s all about numbers. The “naturalness” of Jarrow and South Shield as two constituencies with all the history involved will be of no account.
    Final point. Bear in mind that, just because some bright spark at Tory HQ decides this might be a good way of rebalancing the electoral system in their favour, there will be many communities around the country who will be feeling,like the good folk of Jarrow, that they have been betrayed.


    June 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm

  2. When will the census statistics become available?..shrinking population eh ?

    mr de

    June 16, 2011 at 6:50 am

  3. […] between what we have and what he would have wished to have. You might also remember the story of Jarrow constituency disappearing off the map, another one to frighten the poor folks up the river from South Shields, this one emanated from […]

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