12017Dec

Crucial that everyone’s vote has equal weight

It is crucial that everyone’s vote has equal weight. At the moment they don’t – given some Parliamentary constituencies are double the size of others. We must improve our representative democracy.

To make this point I just asked the following intervention in the debate on Parliamentary constituencies.

Michelle Donelan: I thank the Honourable member for giving way. I am a little bit concerned that we are going off the topic which is a very important one that we are discussing today and I would like to get back to that. The Honourable member did mention that he wants to make votes count much more, would he not concede that the equalisation of constituencies would do this?

Paul Flynn (Labour): I guess I accept entirely the logic behind this bill and the arithmetic there.