Despite the Labour calls of “gerrymandering” I think the UK constituencies should be made as near as damn it equal sizes. I also think the calls from Labour are because they will be losing the advantage they reportedly have at present – Labour: A Future Fair For All (as long as it’s fairer to them).
However, as I was taught in English grammar, there are always exceptions that prove the rule and in this case it’s the Isle of Wight.
The islanders are currently trying to get the Boundary Commission to accept the islands’ 110,000 voters as a single constituency instead of the recommended size of 75,000 and are concerned that 35,000 could be added to a constituency on the mainland.
According to the BBC website over 4,000 people have signed a petition to keep the Isle of Wight as one parliamentary constituency.
An opposition group called OneWight has been formed to fight any changes which need to be made – the Boundary Commission having until 2013 to make recommendations.
Personally I hope they achieve it as the islands needs are different to the mainland and a mainland MP may now appreciate it as much as an island based one.