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Battle lines drawn over British boundary plan

Opposition Labour cries foul over proposed changes, with some ruling Tories joining in

Britain's opposition Labour Party has accused the government of an "undemocratic power grab" after Prime Minister Theresa May's officials released plans to redraw parliamentary constituency boundaries and reduce the overall number of MPs, moves which critics allege could turn the British Parliament into a Chamber dominated by the ruling Conservatives.

"With no plans to reduce the number of ministers, the government is weakening the role of Parliament and creating unprecedented levels of executive dominance at the expense of backbenchers," charged Mrs Catherine Smith, an opposition spokesman.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2018, with the headline 'Battle lines drawn over British boundary plan'. Print Edition | Subscribe