David Ward, Gerry Sutcliffe, George Galloway and Shipley's Philip Davies back opposition

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Philip Davies was among four Tory rebels Philip Davies was among four Tory rebels

Shipley MP Philip Davies was among four Tory rebels who yesterday helped ditch a bid by the Conservatives to redraw Parliamentary constituencies for the 2015 general election.

Nick Clegg led Liberal Democrat MPs, including David Ward (Bradford East), through the No lobby to vote down a Government Bill.

The implementation of the boundary review – thought to be worth about 20 extra seats in the Commons to the Tories – will now be delayed until 2018.

They were joined by Gerry Sutcliffe (Lab, Bradford South) and George Galloway (Respect, Bradford West).

Conservative Keighley MP Kris Hopkins voted with the Government which lost 292 to 334.

Mr Clegg initially supported the changes as part of a package of constitutional reforms but then said his party would try to delay the review after the Tories forced the abandonment House of Lords reform plans.

The latest proposals drawn up by the Boundary Commission would have seen eight MPs representing voters across the Bradford Metropolitran District instead of five. It would have created four main Bradford seats but also placed parts of the district in four other areas across West Yorkshire.

Mr Davies said: “We were reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600, but they were not reducing the number of Government ministers by the same proportions. I thought it was totally and utterly unacceptable.

“As it turned out, the boundaries were unacceptable to my constituents as well. Bingley and Bingley Rural would have been split up, which was nonsensical to me.”

Mr Ward said: “I never supported the boundary changes – the proposed boundaries placed two of the Council wards in my constituency into two new Leeds constituencies and two others into two new Bradford constituencies – it was a ridiculous carve-up and produced ridiculous new constituencies across Bradford.”

Mr Galloway said: “I listened to the arguments and voted, on balance, for the amendment which killed the boundary reorganisation, largely because, had the changes happened, they would overwhelmingly have benefited the Tories.”

Mr Sutcliffe, whose constituency would have been abolished under the latest proposals, said: “It was all about political advantage, not for democratic reasons.”

Mr Hopkins was openly critical of the Liberal Democrats.

“Nick Clegg and his party colleagues have gone back on their commitment to reduce the number of MPs, equalise the size of constituencies and give people fair votes,” he said.

“In so doing, they have added £13.5 million to the annual cost of politics, on top of a similar amount already spent on the boundaries review.”

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7:40pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Albion. says...

Self interest before party?
Self interest before party? Albion.

8:17pm Tue 29 Jan 13

The Hoffster says...

I don't know what it is about this MP but he makes my skin crawl.
I don't know what it is about this MP but he makes my skin crawl. The Hoffster

8:18pm Tue 29 Jan 13

RollandSmoke says...

I would suggest that whatever Davies' motivation he has shown party leaders that his loyalty cannot be relied on and even without the boundary changes he is now a dead man walking. The Tories would be more concerned about the loss of a potential 12-20 extra seats than they would about losing Davies though I'm sure the gambling industry will fight his corner.
I would suggest that whatever Davies' motivation he has shown party leaders that his loyalty cannot be relied on and even without the boundary changes he is now a dead man walking. The Tories would be more concerned about the loss of a potential 12-20 extra seats than they would about losing Davies though I'm sure the gambling industry will fight his corner. RollandSmoke

6:28am Wed 30 Jan 13

allannicho says...

Cannot cut the number of MP,s down,
they are all looking for their jobs.
650 MP,s is disgusting, and they only wanted to cut the number by 50?
Likewise House of Lords, what a gravy train, 300 pounds a day for attending is it? approximately 800 and plenty more nominated by their chums in the pipeline!
Cannot cut the number of MP,s down, they are all looking for their jobs. 650 MP,s is disgusting, and they only wanted to cut the number by 50? Likewise House of Lords, what a gravy train, 300 pounds a day for attending is it? approximately 800 and plenty more nominated by their chums in the pipeline! allannicho

8:09am Wed 30 Jan 13

Outraged English Subject says...

MP’s should be forced to go to the circus to entertain all the clowns.
MP’s should be forced to go to the circus to entertain all the clowns. Outraged English Subject

8:17am Wed 30 Jan 13

JAtkinson says...

The boundary changes were simply ridiculous for Bradford - 8MPs instead of 5, with large swathes of the district coming under the purview of MPs whose major populations are not in the district is nonsensical.

Well done to Philip Davies for voting against his own party and for the people of his constituency.

In other congratulatory news, well done to Messrs Galloway and Hopkins who managed to make it into the chamber (former) and have an opinion on something (latter) (even if it was a poor opinion for the majority of his constituents and demonstrated his selfish, Tory-lapdog demeanour).
The boundary changes were simply ridiculous for Bradford - 8MPs instead of 5, with large swathes of the district coming under the purview of MPs whose major populations are not in the district is nonsensical. Well done to Philip Davies for voting against his own party and for the people of his constituency. In other congratulatory news, well done to Messrs Galloway and Hopkins who managed to make it into the chamber (former) and have an opinion on something (latter) (even if it was a poor opinion for the majority of his constituents and demonstrated his selfish, Tory-lapdog demeanour). JAtkinson

8:50am Wed 30 Jan 13

webess says...

GG actually voted!!!!

Bet he needed his satnav to find his place of work.
GG actually voted!!!! Bet he needed his satnav to find his place of work. webess

1:01pm Wed 30 Jan 13

The Hoffster says...

webess wrote:
GG actually voted!!!!

Bet he needed his satnav to find his place of work.
Be quiet, Islamophobe.
[quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: GG actually voted!!!! Bet he needed his satnav to find his place of work.[/p][/quote]Be quiet, Islamophobe. The Hoffster

5:08pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Marty12 says...

The Hoffster wrote:
I don't know what it is about this MP but he makes my skin crawl.
He's white?
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: I don't know what it is about this MP but he makes my skin crawl.[/p][/quote]He's white? Marty12

10:55pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Commonsensefirst says...

The Respect Party should not be allowed to debate any democratic bill. Some of their Councillors may be involved in domestic violence, or worse. How can they uphold a democratic constitution when their people do not understand democracy? Democracy should begin domestically for those people. It is wrong to beat your wife.
The Respect Party should not be allowed to debate any democratic bill. Some of their Councillors may be involved in domestic violence, or worse. How can they uphold a democratic constitution when their people do not understand democracy? Democracy should begin domestically for those people. It is wrong to beat your wife. Commonsensefirst

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