Conservative and DUP MPs are becoming increasingly confident that Theresa May could revive a major review of parliamentary seats which would damage Labours chances of being elected in 2022.
The upheaval would see Jeremy Corbyn’s seat axed and the overall number of MPs slashed from 650 to 600.
According to research by Conservative peer Robert Hayward, the changes may affect 200 Labour Party seats. He said Labour could lose 30 seats completely.
The initial attempt to put the boundary review into full swing did not go to plan as Conservative MPs worried that their seats would be lost and the DUP feared they would lose 30% of their seats in Northern Ireland.
The boundary revision has since been redrawn, which can be seen here, and the final publication will be submitted in October.
The DUP will be allowed to keep all 10 of their seats under the new plans.
A minister told the Evening Standard: “It is certainly not dead now, I think the DUP will be on board. However, there are a good number of Conservatives who are worried about what the boundaries would mean for their own careers.”
“The new boundaries were designed to end an inbuilt bias towards Labour, whose inner-city heartlands tend to be smaller seats, giving Labour more MP”, the Standard reported.
Decreasing the number of seats would certainly lead to a lower cost of running the government.
Some view this as a plot by Mrs May to make Labour ‘unelectable’.
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