Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North seat still faces abolition under revised Boundary Commission plans
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North seat still faces removal, it has been confirmed.
The Boundary Commission’s latest plans, published at midnight, continue to push for Islington North to be abolished. The idea was first circulated in September last year.
Five of Labour leader Mr Corbyn’s eight wards would move to a new seat: Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington. Two – Junction and St Georges – would move to the Holborn and St Pancras constituency. One – Mildmay – would be transferred to Emily Thornberry’s Islington South and Finsbury constituency, which would be renamed Islington but otherwise retain the same wards.
The Boundary Commission is now consulting on the proposals, which are due to the submitted to Parliament in September next year.
However, they appear unlikely to be approved by MPs after Theresa May lost the Conservative majority in the election. The plans face opposition from other major parties and disgruntled Tories who stand to lose their seats.
The Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 MPs Mrs May relies on to have a majority in the Commons, are unlikely to support moves which could see their representation at Westminster cut.
Mr Corbyn himself was relaxed about the plans when he spoke to the Gazette last night. Read his interview here.