Sir David Davis votes against constituency boundary changes


As reported in The Goole Times;

“Constituency boundaries will not be redrawn after a vote took place in Parliament yesterday.

Howdenshire David Davis was one of four Tory MPs who rebelled to keep constituencies as they are.

Should the changes have taken place, Mr Davis’ constituency would have ceased to exist, losing Anlaby, Willerby, Kirk Ella and Swanland to West Hull and Hessle.

Luckily for Mr Davis, this prevents him from having to go head to head against fellow Conservative MP Andrew Percy in his Goole seat.

Mr David believes it could only have been a bad move. “The principle reason I voted is that if you want to reduce numbers of MPs but not cut ministers, it would mean a change in balance of power in Parliament. I’ve long argued that trend would be a step in the wrong direction. It would have also meant constituencies would have been broken up. The people of Haltemprice would have ended up in Hull and they didn’t want that.”

Goole MP Andrew Percy abstained from the vote, in which 334 MP’s voted against the changes and 292 for. This means there constituency shake up will be postponed until at least 2018. Mr Percy believed the changes in East Yorkshire were very controversial. “They would have split communities.””