Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency could be abolished as part of new boundary review
Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North seat could cease to exist under planned changes to constituency boundaries.
The proposals, which have been seen by the Evening Standard ahead of publication tomorrow, would see a large part of the Labour leader’s constituency subsumed into a new seat named Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington.
The area would also contain a substantial chunk of shadow home secretary Diane Abbott’s Hackney North and Stoke Newington seat.
The changes would trigger a contest among Labour’s North London MP’s, with shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and Labour MP Meg Hillier’s constituencies also earmarked for changes.
A source told the Evening Standard that in a fight between Ms Abbott and Ms Hillier for the same seat: “There will only be one winner in that one-sided selection contest. Meg needs a new lifeboat.”
Overall the plans would reduce the number of London MPs from 73 to 68, and the number of MPs nationally from 650 to 600.
However, the review is unlikely to be implemented after Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority in June’s general election.