POLITICS: BOUNDARIES - Cabinet Heavyweights to Lose Seats at Westminster as Constituencies Are Cut
Waugh, Paul, The Independent (London, England)
GORDON BROWN is among three cabinet ministers whose constituencies are to be disbanded at the next general election under radical boundary changes in Scotland.
The Boundary Commission for Scotland will report tomorrow that it wants to cut the number of seats represented at Westminster from 72 to 59. The loss of 13 seats has been triggered by the creation of the Scottish Parliament and a need to bring Scottish seats, many of which are too small, into line with the rest of the UK.
The Chancellor, the Northern Ireland Secretary, John Reid, and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Alistair Darling, will see their seats divided among neighbouring constituencies.
The Chancellor's constituency, Dunfermline East, will be split between Dunfermline West, held by Rachel Squire, and Kirkcaldy, held by the Defence minister Lewis Moonie. It is likely that all three cabinet ministers will be found alternative seats left vacant by the retirement of sitting MPs.
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Publication information: Article title: POLITICS: BOUNDARIES - Cabinet Heavyweights to Lose Seats at Westminster as Constituencies Are Cut. Contributors: Waugh, Paul - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: February 6, 2002. Page number: 8. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.