19th September 2018

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has condemned the final proposals to reduce the number of MPs, seeing Motherwell and Wishaw wiped off the map and has called for the House of Lords to be abolished instead.

Proposals from the Boundary Commission which were instigated by MPs in 2011 would see the number of MPs reduced from 650 to 600.

Scotland’s MPs would be reduced by over 10 per cent from 59 to 53.

The unelected House of Lords would still be retained along with the 791 peers who have jobs for life.

If the proposals were implemented during the 2017 General election, the Tories would have achieved a majority of 16 as opposed to falling ten MPs short under current boundaries.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

Instead of cutting Scotland’s representation in Parliament by ten per cent and gerrymandering a majority, the UK Government should be abolishing the unelected House of Lords where their friends have jobs for life.

Proposals fail to take into account community links. Motherwell and Wishaw – a longstanding and recognised community – would cease to exist. Motherwell itself would be virtually cut in half and separated from Wishaw and surrounding towns.

When peoples’ representation is required in the Brexit process to hold Theresa May to account, it is a complete negation of her responsibilities to focus on manufacturing a Parliamentary majority in future elections.

Instead of ‘jobs for the boys’, we need strong voices standing up for Scotland and ordinary people in our communities – not more voices for the rich and powerful.