I give you Grampian 1-5 in the style of some US congressional districts. Now it's hard to get a good gerrymander on when you're stuck with 3-4 member wards as the base
Grampian 1 is almost definitely LD/SNP, leaning LD, but it does include Fraserburgh and out that way.. Grampian 2 stretches from Woodside/Northfield and off up to Turiff. SNP/LD again? Grampian 3 takes in the centre of Aberdeen and then through to Huntly, Buckie and Keith. Could be a Con/LD/SNP battleground? Grampian 4 goes from Torry to the Cairngorms. Includes Fraser's ward, a second Con/LD/SNP? Perhaps even a 4-way marginal if Labour could get out their vote Grampian 5 gets Altens, Cove, Stonehaven and then way down to Forfar. Lib Dem?
A nice wee gerrymander that would see Labour likely to end up without an MP . It's not so easy to gerrymander with four relatively strong parties in one region..
Ive wasted several hours on doing the North East Region from scratch. All constiuancies within quota. Partly to make as many winnable tory seats as possible. In areas where that is not possible just gone for slightly bizzare seats if possible (italics).
Can anyone beat 4 winnable seats north of the tyne (at least in part) for the tories?
North of the Tyne (at least in part)
North West Northumberland (CON/LD)
Newcastle Middle Class and West Northumberland (CON)
Ashington and Blyth (Lab)
Tynemouth, Cramlington North and Ponteland East (Lab, winnable for CON?)
North Tyneside and Cramlington South (Lab)
Newcastle East (Lab)
Newcastle West (Lab)
Newcastle and Gateshead West, South West Northumberland and West Durham (CON)
Tyne Banks (Lab)
Newcastle and Gateshead Centres, Chester Le Street and East Durham (Lab)
South Tyneside (Lab)
Sunderland North and Cleadon (Lab)
Gateshead South East (Lab)
City of Durham and Stanley (Lab)
Gateshead South West and Consett (Lab)
Houghton and Sunderland South (Lab)
Bishop Auckland (Lab)
Seaham to Newton Aycliffe (Lab)
Hartlepool and Easington (Lab)
Teeside Outer Outer (Not sure at all (its in yellow below)
How about this? Splitting up all wards in the UK into polling districts, and then combining the bits into 600 groups with the aim of making the constituency electorates as equal as possible - i.e. with the minimum possible difference between the largest and smallest constituency electorates - without any regard to how distant or connected they are with each other.
Labour governments are always voted in by empty minds, and voted out by empty pockets