Ar­gyll bound­ary re­view rec­om­mends Lochaber link

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The Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Scot­land has pub­lished its fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tions for UK Par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies in Scot­land.

As rec­om­mended in pre­lim­i­nary reports, Ar­gyll and Bute would in­cor­po­rate part of Lochaber – with the new area called Ar­gyll, Bute and South West High­lands.

The num­ber of con­stituen­cies would fall from 650 to 600. In Scot­land this would mean 59 con­stituen­cies would be re­duced to 53.

The rec­om­mended bound­ary now reaches past Fort Wil­liam, en­com­pass­ing Morvern and Ard­na­mur­chan.

Ar­gyll and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara has pledged to vote against the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion plans to cut Scot­land’s elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives at West­min­ster should it come be­fore Par­lia­ment.

Mr O’Hara said: ‘This ap­pears to be noth­ing more than a crude num­bers game for the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion. In its de­sire to try and equalise the size of each UK con­stituency by pop­u­la­tion, it seems to have taken no no­tice of the his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy or to­pog­ra­phy of this part of Scot­land.

‘South of the border, the largest pro­posed ge­o­graphic con­stituency is Bre­con, Rad­nor and Mon­gomery in Wales, a mere 3,624 sq km. That’s one third of the ge­og­ra­phy of the pro­posed bound­ary of Ar­gyll Bute and South West High­lands.’

Lord Matthews, deputy chair­man of the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Scot­land, said: ‘We lis­tened care­fully to com­ments made on our re­vised pro­pos­als and made a num­ber of changes to bound­aries and to con­stituency names. We be­lieve our fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tions meet the re­quire­ments of the leg­is­la­tion gov­ern­ing the re­view and within those con­straints fairly re­flect the views ex­pressed to us dur­ing our con­sul­ta­tions.’ Right: The rec­om­mended re­vised West­min­ster con­stituency bound­ary.

Bren­dan O’Hara MP.

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