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MPs’ constituencies are set to be redrawn before 2024 to ensure each area has a roughly equal population size. The Prime Minister is also understood to be eager to increase the national spending limit for political parties during elections from £19.5million to £33million.

Both reforms would benefit the Conservatives more than Sir Keir Starmer’s party.

Attempts to change constituency boundaries were made in 2013 and 2018 but both were abandoned.

On those occasions, the reforms also sought to reduce the size of the House of Commons from 650 MPs to 600.

While the attempts to reduce the number of parliamentarians is not being planned this time around, the Prime Minister remains committed to equalising constituencies so each contains approximately 73,000 voters.

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Conservative backbenchers called for the changes last year in a letter written to the Prime Minister.

Chair of the influential Tory backbench 1922 committee as well as ex-cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith, Damian Green and Liam Fox, all signed the letter.

It said: “We are writing to show our support for fixing the current, deeply flawed parliamentary constituency boundaries as fast as possible.

“The existing constituencies vary enormously in size – from some in which fewer than 40,000 voters elect a Westminster MP, to others where it takes 90,000 or more.

“That means votes in some parts of the country are worth more than twice as much as those in others, which is neither right nor fair.

“Everyone’s vote should be worth the same, which means that constituencies should be equally sized.”

The data which will influence the boundary reforms will not be published until next month.

However, it will show seats in London have far fewer constituents than those in other areas.

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As a result, the electoral boundaries review is likely to see the number of MPs in the capital reduced.

London remains a Labour stronghold, with the party holding 48 out of the 73 seats in the capital.

After Labour’s so-called ‘Red Wall’ seats in the north of England flipped to the Conservatives in 2019, London is one of the only areas of the country that Sir Keir’s party can still rely on guaranteed support at the polls.

Increasing the budget for campaigning during elections will also benefit the Conservatives as they receive far more money in donations compared to the Opposition.

In the 2019 general election, the Tories spent more than £16million.

Labour is yet to declare its spending for the last election but its figures are expected to be significantly less.

In the 2017 election, while the Conservatives spent £18.6million, Labour spent just £11million.

The final map of constituency boundaries for the next election is due to be completed in 2023.

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