Tories keep UK territories minister

There will be no change in the U.K. overseas territorial minister position, following general elections last week that gave a majority government to Britain’s Conservative Party.

James Duddridge, a conservative MP who represents Rochford and Southend East in England, will retain the position he has held since August 2014, following the retirement from politics of former minister Mark Simmonds.

Mr. Duddridge’s continued service in that position may prove important as the Cayman Islands considers redrawing its voting district boundaries ahead of the territory’s May 2017 general election.

According to U.K. website, which monitors the voting records of British parliamentarians, Mr. Duddridge has advocated strongly for reducing the number of MPs in the House of Commons.

From Cayman’s perspective, it may be interesting to note that he voted strongly in favor of having an equal number of electors [voters] per parliamentary constituency and was strongly against a more “proportional representation” system for electing MPs. The Cayman Islands Electoral Boundary Commission is expected to produce its report proposing single-member voting districts sometime in June.

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