Labour seeks to save Jeremy Corbyn's Islington North seat from boundary changes

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1st October 2016

Labour has drawn up its own constituency boundary plans that would save Jeremy Corbyn's seat but put other senior MPs at risk, according to the Huffington Post.

Jeremy Corbyn's Islington North seat would be abolished under the Boundary Commission's initial proposals
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The Labour leader’s Islington North constituency would be abolished in initial proposals put forward by the Boundary Commission last month.

He would have to seek selection for the newly-created seat of Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington if the ideas were adopted.

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But the London branch of the Labour party has produced counter-proposals that could keep his existing constituency.

The plan would also protect the Hackney North and Stoke Newington of Diane Abbott, one of the Labour leader’s closest allies.

Mr Corbyn's ally and constituency neighbour Emily Thornberry would be pit against Labour moderate Keir Starmer for the newly merged seat of Islington South and Holborn.

The seat of John Cryer, chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party, in Leyton and Wanstead would be scrapped under these ideas.

Other MPs' constituencies put at risk in Labour’s new proposals are: David Lammy, MP for Tottenham; Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Noorwood; Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse; and Clive Efford, MP for Etham.

In emails, London Labour said the plans were not final, and would be discussed at a meeting at Labour’s headquarters on Tuesday.

The Boundary Commission has been tasked with reducing the number of constituencies from 650 to 600.