Thursday, August 05, 2010

Labour the only government to gerrymander

Simon McGrath recalls the only occasion in the last hundred years when the government has sought to interfere in the work of the independent Boundary Commission. James Callaghan, the Home Secretary under Harold Wilson's first premiership, prevented implementation of a long-overdue boundary revision by means of a devious parliamentary manoeuvre. Labour still lost the 1970 general election to Heath's Conservatives.

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