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New NI Boundary Changes Make Smaller Parliament More Likely

February 5, 2018

Last week, the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland released its revised recommendations for the province’s constituencies. These recommendations were significantly better for the DUP than the previous draft proposals. That makes it more likely that the DUP will now vote with the Conservatives in the Commons to approve the proposed changes to constituencies across the […]

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Identity in the U.K.?

August 14, 2013

A quick quiz… I’ve been in two different towns in the same county today. See if you can work out which one has the left-wing MP, and which has the rabidly right-wing one. Town A is a charming old town of stone buildings laid over seven hills, two of which are topped by cathedrals, another […]

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Has the Boundary Commission Done Sinn Fein a Favour?

September 24, 2011

Last week, I posted on the impact of the proposed boundary changes on the political parties in London and promised to cover other regions in later posts.  For the second part of this series, I’ve taken a look at the home of the South family of yesteryear, Northern Ireland.  The map below shows the current […]

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By-election special: Belfast West

June 8, 2011

The press have largely ignored tomorrow’s by-election what is arguably the nation’s most exceptional constituency.  Four and a half months after Gerry Adams resigned Belfast West gets the chance to pick his successor. Belfast West is the most Catholic constituency in the UK (83%) and one of its poorest: 77% of children live in households […]

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