I WAS rather surprised to read the comments of Harriett Baldwin MP regarding the Government’s unsuccessful attempt to redraw existing constituency boundaries.

It was made to appear that one of the main reasons for changing the boundaries was to help reduce the deficit by cutting the number of MPs from 660 to 600.

The reason was, in fact, to make it more likely that the Conservatives would be able to achieve a majority in the next election.

Surely the deficit would be better reduced if MPs were not given the exorbitant salary increase that they believe they deserve.

She also expressed surprise at the Lib-Dem and Labour MPs who voted against the changes. This is a bit rich as we know full well that it was Conservative MPs who voted against the proposals for reform of the House of Lords (proposed by the Lib-Dems).

Why her surprise at Conservative proposals being voted down?