‘Cig­a­rette packet’ jibe at bound­ary changes

Northolt coun­cil­lor’s anger at con­stituency pro­posal

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL plans to rip up par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies and re­draw bound­aries across the UK look like they were “drawn up on the back of a cig­a­rette packet”.

That’s ac­cord­ing to a Labour coun­cil­lor in Northolt, who stood un­suc­cess­fully against Boris John­son in Uxbridge & South Ruis­lip at the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion.

Chris Sum­mers is par­tic­u­larly riled about the pro­posed changes in Northolt, where he says the di­verse ur­ban pop­u­la­tion would be lumped to­gether in a new con­stituency along­side ru­ral folk with whom they have lit­tle in com­mon.

“The pro­posed changes to west Lon­don, and Northolt in par­tic­u­lar, are to­tally ridicu­lous and look like they have just been drawn up on the back of a cig­a­rette packet with scant re­gard for what vot­ers want or how they feel about their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“The peo­ple of Northolt have been part of the Eal­ing North par­lia­men­tary con­stituency since 1950, two years after the NHS was cre­ated.

“The Bound­ary Com­mis­sion is now propos­ing, in its in­fi­nite wis­dom, to trans­fer the wards of Northolt Man­dev­ille and Northolt West End to a new con­stituency which is en­tirely from Hillingdon bor­ough.

“I urge or­di­nary peo­ple in Northolt, which­ever side of the A40 they live on, to email the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion and let it know that they want to be rep­re­sented by an Eal­ing MP, not a Hillingdon MP.” DRAFT pro­pos­als for a ma­jor shake-up of the na­tion’s vot­ing bound­aries were un­veiled by the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Eng­land, and its coun­ter­parts else­where in the UK, on Tues­day, Septem­ber 13.

The changes are be­ing in­tro­duced to even up the pop­u­la­tion of con­stituen­cies and to re­duce the num­ber of MPs from 650 to 600, sav­ing costs.

They are largely sup­ported by Con­ser­va­tive politi­cians - who stand to ben­e­fit most – de­spite the seats of some high pro­file Tory MPs like Ge­orge Os­borne be­ing scrapped.

But they have come un­der fire from those within the Labour ranks, who say two mil­lion newly reg­is­tered vot­ers have been ig­nored and cut­ting the num­ber of MPs while cre­at­ing many new un­elected Tory peers un­demo­cratic.

A 12-week con­sul­ta­tion on the ini­tial pro­pos­als is un­der way, and the fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tions are due to be made to par­lia­ment in 2018.

The changes could be in­tro­duced in time for the next gen­eral elec­tion, due in 2020. is

n ANGER: Northolt coun­cil­lor Chris Sum­mers thinks the pro­pos­als for West Lon­don are ‘ridicu­lous’

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