Jeremy Corbyn set to lose seat under controversial boundary changes to UK's election map

Full details of Boundary Commission's review set to be made public on Tuesday

Joe Watts
Political Editor
Monday 12 September 2016 13:43
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Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to lose his seat under a planned redrawing of England’s election map, sources have confirmed.

The review by the Boundary Commission will see the Labour leader’s North Islington seat carved up, with pieces being joined on to other constituencies.

Under plans already seen by MPs, a large section of it will be allocated to a new seat made up largely of the constituency represented by Diane Abbott – one of Mr Corbyn’s closest allies.

The controversial review by the Commission was first ordered by David Cameron with the goal of reducing the number of MPs in the Commons from 650 to 600.

The aim of the drive was to “equalise” the number of registered voters in each constituency, but Labour has complained they will lose more seats under the plan than the Tories.

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Some Labour MPs also fear the review will be used as an excuse by Corbyn-backing activists to try and push them out of their seats and replace them with more left-wing candidates.

The party will be hardest hit by the changes according to most estimations, while key Tory cabinet ministers including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Justine Greening could be affected.

The capital will end up with five fewer MPs as a result of proposed changes, according to detail seen by The Evening Standard, with those represented by International Trade Minister Greg Hands - one of the smallest in the capital - and Treasury minister Jane Ellison also set for change.

The Tatton seat occupied by former Chancellor George Osborne is also expected to be abolished with voting wards amalgamated into surrounding constituencies.

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