An­gry city MP hits out at bound­ary change bid

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By ELIS SANDFORD News Re­porter elis.sandford@reach­plc.com

THE pro­posed changes which could see Coven­try joined with Ke­nil­worth have prompted a strong re­sponse from one Coven­try MP.

The UK’s par­lia­men­tary bound­aries look set to change, with the num­ber of con­stituen­cies low­er­ing from 650 to 600.

And while the pro­pos­als will have an im­pact on many con­stituen­cies in the area , per­haps the big­gest change will im­pact what is cur­rently known South.

The pro­pos­als, which come as a re­sult of plans as Coven­try made by the for­mer coali­tion govern­ment, would see the for­ma­tion of a new con­stituency - Coven­try South and Ke­nil­worth.

Coven­try South con­tains neigh­bour­hoods in­clud­ing Alles­ley Green, East­ern Green, Tile Hill, Can­ley, Earls­don, Fin­ham, Styvechale, Whober­ley and Cheylesmore.

Un­der the pro­pos­als Coven­try South would lose the city cen­tre to Coven­try North West.

Cur­rently, Ke­nil­worth & Southam are one con­stituency - held by the Con­ser­va­tives - but with Ke­nil­worth be­com­ing one with Coven­try South, Rugby & Southam would be­come an­other new con­stituency.

In a state­ment, Jim Cun­ning­ham, MP for Coven­try South has hit out at the pro­posed changes.

He said: “This is a trans­par­ent at­tempt by the Tories to fix the elec­tion map in their favour, with in­ap­pro­pri­ate changes be­ing forced upon lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties with­out any care for the his­toric bound­aries of towns, cities and coun­ties across the coun­try.

“Coven­try, with more than 230,000 elec­tors, is more than big enough to sup­port three ad­e­quately sized con­stituen­cies; so there is no need for Ke­nil­worth and the Coven­try South, two very dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties, to ar­bi­trar­ily be merged to­gether.

“We will fight against

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