rotten borough


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an English parliamentary constituency with few electors

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Estimates of the size of the freeman electorate given in the History of Parliament reflect variations in the size of freeman bodies, which ranged from the members of the corporation alone in the rotten boroughs (notoriously in places such as Old Sarum and Dunwich) to between 5,000 and 6,000 in Bristol or Liverpool.
w PRIVATE EYE editor Ian Hislop thought he smelt a rat over a planning decision in Rugby and 'honoured' a leading Tory councillor in his 2013 Rotten Borough Awards.
But the city can console itself with a victory and a runner-up spot in the annual Rotten Borough Awards in satirical magazine Private Eye.
There are occasions in Birmingham local government when even seasoned observers are forced to sit back, take a deep breath of fresh air and check that they have not somehow been transported to a Victorian rotten borough or, perhaps, the set of an edgy satirical political television drama.
DIGNITY Shamefully, Joyce has treated the constituency - once represented with such dignity by Dennis Canavan - like a 19th century rotten borough.
We are now a Rotten Borough, in the old terms of Private Eye.
TALKING about gongs, that organ much-hated by the powerful, Private Eye, has published its Rotten Borough Awards for 2005.
What he really wants is to get Baldrick elected as an MP in a rotten borough.
Winning Liberal Democrat candidate Carol Woods said: "The council has featured heavily in Private Eye's Rotten Borough column and we need to change its image.
John 'Two Jags' Prescott has the avoirdupois of a country squire not averse to brandishing a cudgel or two in support of his claim to a rotten borough seat in Westminster.
Not since Blackadder's manservant Baldrick secured a 16,472-vote victory in the rotten borough of Dunny-on-theWold has public attention been so firmly focused on electoral skulduggery.
In a wild attack on Labour's devolution plans, Lang said Scotland would degenerate into "a rotten borough for Socialist policies" if Labour won power.
As Baldrick, Robinson stood and won a parliamentary seat in an 18th century rotten borough when his master needed to fix an election to support his employer, Prince George.