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Single Member Constituencies

Each Member of Parliament is elected for a separate constituency whose boundaries are redrawn every couple of elections by an Independent Boundary Commission which looks to group areas together with geographical, social and historic links of roughly equal size.

The changes they make can have big implications for the win-ability of a seat for the parties (MPs in safe seats fear the Boundary Commission more than the General Election) and so party representatives attend the inquiries into these changes and develop arguments based on the Electoral Commission criteria to get the best boundaries for their party.

The system of one MP per constituency strengthens the idea of MPs as representatives of that area and MPs place great emphasis on their role in relation to the constituency