News Part of city could join Ke­nil­worth in par­lia­men­tary bound­ary shift

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

PART of Coven­try could be joined with Ke­nil­worth un­der pro­posed changes to the UK’s par­lia­men­tary bound­aries.

Un­der the for­mer coali­tion govern­ment’s plans to re­duce the num­ber of con­stituen­cies from 650 to 600, bound­aries across the coun­try are be­ing shifted.

Cur­rently, Coven­try has three con­stituen­cies – Coven­try South, Coven­try North East, and Coven­try North West – all cur­rently held by Labour.

The big­gest change 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.

Else­where in the re­gion, Coven­try North West will re­main the same, whereas Coven­try North East will now be known as Coven­try East.

Nuneaton would also see some big changes.

Min­is­ters must now se­cure the back­ing of Par­lia­ment if they want to push the plans through but the Com­mons Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs Com­mit­tee has pre­vi­ously warned the overhaul is un­likely to pass as some Tories, along with Labour, are op­posed to the move.

Jim Cun­ning­ham, MP for Coven­try South 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 th­ese changes and we en­cour­age all MPs and their con­stituents to join us.”

Jeremy Cor­byn’s seat will be axed and Boris John­son’s ma­jor­ity chal­lenged un­der the pro­posed shake-up. Re­vised par­lia­men­tary maps have been set out by the UK’s four bound­ary com­mis­sions that would cut the num­ber of MPs by 50.

Labour’s leader is the most high pro­file ca­su­alty un­der the pro­posed re­forms, with his Is­ling­ton North seat be­ing wiped out.

For­mer for­eign sec­re­tary Mr John­son faces a chal­lenge to his 5,034 ma­jor­ity in Uxbridge & Ruis­lip South, with the seat los­ing Tory-lean­ing Yiewsley and gain­ing Labourlean­ing Northolt.

Ex-Brexit Sec­re­tary David Davis’ Hal­tem­price & How­den seat is still on course for abo­li­tion.

The fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tions from the bound­ary com­mis­sions are largely un­changed from a re­vised set out pro­pos­als set out last year.

Down­ing Street in­sisted ear­lier this year that Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May re­mained com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing “more equal and up­dated” con­stituency bound­aries that all con­tain a sim­i­lar num­ber of vot­ers.

Sam Hart­ley, sec­re­tary to the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Eng­land, said: “We’ve trav­elled the coun­try, taken ac­count of over 35,000 pub­lic com­ments, and heard many im­pas­sioned views about how best to re­flect lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in our rec­om­men­da­tions, while en­sur­ing that con­stituen­cies are all much more equally rep­re­sented. We’re con­fi­dent that the map we pro­pose to­day is the best match of the le­gal rules Par­lia­ment has set us. It’s now up to Par­lia­ment to de­cide whether th­ese bound­aries will be used at the next gen­eral election.”

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