Angry city MP hits out at boundary change bid
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