Number of Yorkshire MPs set to be cut as constituencies redrawn

File photo dated 29/04/13 of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London as the watchdog responsible for MPs' pay and perks is to set out its plans to introduce an 11% pay rise amid threats that the controversial proposals could lead to the organisation being axed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 12, 2013. Opposition leader Ed Miliband has called on David Cameron and Nick Clegg to accompany him to a meeting with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) to demand it halts the wage hike. The Prime Minister has yet to agree to the move but yesterday issued a veiled threat to abolish Ipsa if it presses ahead with the planned rise after the 2015 general election, insisting it was "simply unacceptable" that Members' salaries would increase increasing by �7,600 to �74,000. See PA story POLITICS Expenses. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

File photo dated 29/04/13 of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London as the watchdog responsible for MPs' pay and perks is to set out its plans to introduce an 11% pay rise amid threats that the controversial proposals could lead to the organisation being axed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 12, 2013. Opposition leader Ed Miliband has called on David Cameron and Nick Clegg to accompany him to a meeting with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) to demand it halts the wage hike. The Prime Minister has yet to agree to the move but yesterday issued a veiled threat to abolish Ipsa if it presses ahead with the planned rise after the 2015 general election, insisting it was "simply unacceptable" that Members' salaries would increase increasing by �7,600 to �74,000. See PA story POLITICS Expenses. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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THIS region could have four fewer MPs after the 2020 General Election under proposals set out by the Boundary Commission.

It is suggesting the number of constituencies in the Yorkshire and Humber area should be cut from 54 to 50 as part of wider proposals to cut the number of constituencies nationally from 650 to 600.

The Boundary Commission will bring forward plans for the boundaries of the new constituencies in September.

Sam Hartley, secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said: “Once we publish our initial proposals in the autumn, we will need the help of residents in all regions to ensure that our proposals take account of local ties and best reflect the geography on the ground. Everyone’s views will help us recommend a well-considered and practical set of constituency boundaries in England.”

Parliament first approved a cut in the number of MPs in 2012 but the move was later put on hold as the Liberal Democrats refused to co-operate in as part of a dispute with their then Conservative coalition partners over Lords reform.

Electoral experts suggested the previous proposed redrawing of constituency boundaries was likely to have favoured the Conservatives and make it even harder for Labour to win.

The Boundary Commission has said it is starting from scratch on the current proposals which would see each constituency have between 71,000 and 78,500 voters.

Following a public consultation on the proposed boundaries, the final plans will be put to Parliament in 2018 so they can be approved in time for the 2020 General Election.

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