Maskey encourages public to have say on revised boundary proposals
Speaking after Sinn Féin handed over 2,000 consultation responses from residents in Belfast in opposition to the revised Boundary Commission proposals West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said:
“Today I alongside party colleagues handed over 2,000 responses from residents in Belfast in opposition to the revised electoral boundary proposals to the Boundary Commission.
“The new proposals from the Commission are strikingly similar to those made by the DUP in a 2017 submission and the Commission has failed to offer an explanation as to why this is the case.
“There has been widespread anger across the nationalist community at the radically revised proposals which would leave tens of thousands of nationalists disenfranchised. That is unacceptable, and undemocratic.
“The folly of these proposals is best exemplified by the fact that the town of Dungiven with a population of 3,000 people will be represented by three MPs and 15 MLAs.
“Sinn Féin are calling for an end to the use of Rule 7, the so-called ‘gerrymander rule’, which is not on the statute book in Britain and which allows the Commission to go under or above the average electoral quota.
“This effectively means that not all votes will carry equal weight.
“We will continue to engage with the public through our grassroots campaigning efforts, and I would encourage the public to make their voice heard on this issue.