UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and a number of other members of the British Parliament could lose their seats if lawmakers decided to push ahead with a controversial cost cutting proposal, according to new reports.
Under former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the ruling Conservative Party pledged to drive down costs by cutting the number of MPs from 650 to 600.
Since then, the independent Boundary Commission, which reviews the boundaries of Parliamentary constituencies in England, has been exploring the possible solutions to make this happen.
The public body has come up with proposals to make sure that most electoral districts in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland remain roughly equal in the number of voters, meaning that certain seats, like Corbyn’s, could be abolished.
Labour has indicated that it would vote down the measures, accusing the Tories of using the review to pursue “their own political advantage.”
The Labour leader is certain that by giving a greater role to his grassroots supporters he will easily become the UK’s next prime minister.
It remains unclear whether the parliament would back the plan, which would not take effect before 2022.
Talks of the cost cutting plan follow Prime Minister Theresa May’s gamble in calling an early general election in June, which cost her party the majority in the parliament.
In order to save her faltering government, May was forced to form an embarrassing alliance with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
The Daily Telegraph newspaper said if the changes had been in place before the June election, May’s Conservatives would have won a majority.
Corbyn has been enjoying a sharp rise in popularity since the election, with a recent survey by BMG Research for The Independent stating that 69 percent of British voters favored his policies.
In late September, Corbyn unveiled his plans to replace May as the next PM by giving his grassroots supporters more control over the party.