The 'Celtic preference', the over-representation of Scottish and Welsh constituencies in the British House of Commons, is a well-known feature of the UK electoral system. But its origins are little known and more recent than commonly thought, and its consequences not widely discussed. The article places the Celtic preference in the context of attempts to reapportion British parliamentary constituencies, with particular regard to the activities of the post-war Boundary Commissions for England, Wales and Scotland. The electoral impact of the Celtic preference is assessed. Moves towards Scottish and Welsh parliaments will make reform of the preference more pressing.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Regional and Federal Studies|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1997|