House of Lords rejects boundary changes that would have created Richmond and Twickenham constituency

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Pleased: Vince Cable described the review as a distraction Pleased: Vince Cable described the review as a distraction

Proposed changes to constituency boundaries have been postponed after peers blocked the move.

The House of Lords voted by 300 to 231 to delay the boundary review changes from later this year until 2018.

The move could have seen Vince Cable go head-to-head with Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond Park, and fight for a new Richmond and Twickenham constituency.

The boundary changes, originally planned to be in place for the next General Election in 2015, would also reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 and were expected to boost Conservatives’ election prospects.

The Twickenham MP told this newspaper in August last year he was confident the changes would not go ahead because Liberal Democrats were determined to halt the Tories’ plans.

The Business Secretary said his party was standing firm and would take revenge against the Tories for failing to deliver House of Lords reform.

After the result on Monday, January 14, he said: “I am pleased the boundary review has been postponed.

“The review was a major distraction and I will now be able to concentrate on the constituency which elected me.”

Mr Goldsmith said boundary changes were rarely welcomed by constituency MPs because they involved losing connections with local people and causes.

He said: “However, the coalition backed the principle and should in my view ave followed through with the actual proposals.”

David Cameron is expected to press ahead with a Commons vote on the plans despite the defeat.

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2:11pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Teddington Resident says...

Am I the only one who thinks that Cable was rather juvenile in taking a tit for tat stance on this issue to pay the Tories back for blocking House of Lords reform?

Increasingly I see Cable as yesterday's man, as a local business owner, I see few of the changes he promised that would make a difference and we still struggle paying bankers debt while they also make our lives as hard as possible. If the business secretary can't change that then maybe he needs to go.

I for one will be looking for someone else to vote for at the next election.
Am I the only one who thinks that Cable was rather juvenile in taking a tit for tat stance on this issue to pay the Tories back for blocking House of Lords reform? Increasingly I see Cable as yesterday's man, as a local business owner, I see few of the changes he promised that would make a difference and we still struggle paying bankers debt while they also make our lives as hard as possible. If the business secretary can't change that then maybe he needs to go. I for one will be looking for someone else to vote for at the next election. Teddington Resident

3:59pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Culverin says...

@Teddington Resident

"Am I the only one who thinks that Cable was rather juvenile in taking a tit for tat stance on this issue to pay the Tories back for blocking House of Lords reform?"

Yes, yes you are. Anything else?
@Teddington Resident "Am I the only one who thinks that Cable was rather juvenile in taking a tit for tat stance on this issue to pay the Tories back for blocking House of Lords reform?" Yes, yes you are. Anything else? Culverin

11:39pm Wed 16 Jan 13

alex twickenham says...

Vince says:
“The review was a major distraction and I will now be able to concentrate on the constituency which elected me.”

That will be nice for those of us who made the mistake of voting for him when he stood against tired old Toby Jessell all those years ago. What has he done for us in the intervening years - can anyone think of anything of significance? I'm struggling.
Now that he's got a sniff of power, we discover that he is not a cuddly old chap looking after us, he's actually a diehard old socialist dedicated to redistributing our hard earned wealth. There's something a bit disingenuous about the LibDems, or should I say the rump of the hard left SDP who seem to be running the show these days whilst hiding their real agenda.

If boundary changes had been voted through, Vince would have had a proper fight on his hands for the first time since he was elected. No wonder he's pleased. I only hope the Tories will think again about the winnability of this constituency and field a serious candidate.

Look how Serge Lourie and his cabinet's arrogance cost the LibDems our Council - that shook them. Vince is nothing like as popular as he was, perhaps it's time he was given a proper fight.
Alex
Vince says: “The review was a major distraction and I will now be able to concentrate on the constituency which elected me.” That will be nice for those of us who made the mistake of voting for him when he stood against tired old Toby Jessell all those years ago. What has he done for us in the intervening years - can anyone think of anything of significance? I'm struggling. Now that he's got a sniff of power, we discover that he is not a cuddly old chap looking after us, he's actually a diehard old socialist dedicated to redistributing our hard earned wealth. There's something a bit disingenuous about the LibDems, or should I say the rump of the hard left SDP who seem to be running the show these days whilst hiding their real agenda. If boundary changes had been voted through, Vince would have had a proper fight on his hands for the first time since he was elected. No wonder he's pleased. I only hope the Tories will think again about the winnability of this constituency and field a serious candidate. Look how Serge Lourie and his cabinet's arrogance cost the LibDems our Council - that shook them. Vince is nothing like as popular as he was, perhaps it's time he was given a proper fight. Alex alex twickenham

4:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Teddington Resident says...

@Culverin:

It would appear you are wrong, read the post after your own.
@Culverin: It would appear you are wrong, read the post after your own. Teddington Resident

4:53pm Fri 18 Jan 13

metis says...

The Anti business minister Vince Cable never answers my e-mails. So yes, Alex you are right.
The Anti business minister Vince Cable never answers my e-mails. So yes, Alex you are right. metis

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