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Peter Luff's anger over boundary review rejection in commons
A WORCESTERSHIRE MP has hit out after attempts to change parliamentary boundaries and cut the number of politicians suffered a death blow in the House of Commons.
MPs have voted by 334 to 292 to delay the changes until 2018 at the earliest.
If the changes were forced through now the West Worcestershire seat held by Harriett Baldwin would have been renamed Malvern and Ledbury, while the Mid-Worcestershire one held by Peter Luff would have been called Evesham at the next General Election.
Malvern Wells would have been included in the Evesham seat to take its population to 77,000 in line with other constituency sizes across the country, and the overall number of MPs nationwide cut from 650 to 600.
The Government’s defeat was largely down to a revolt from Liberal Democrat MPs, who followed the lead of deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
The result was announced this afternoon.
Mr Luff said: “It’s disappointing, but not surprising. It sends out the wrong message that politicians can’t be trusted.
“The size of the commons is too big, companies are downsizing and shedding jobs and they would have been expecting us to do the same."
Bill Wiggin, Tory MP for North Herefordshire, said: "I voted for it because we need to reduce the number of MPs - but that's what happens when the Lib Dems vote against something."
The changes, which were aimed at cutting the cost of MPs and levelling out constituency sizes, were likely to have resulted in the Conservatives gaining up to 20 extra seats.