News Part of city could join Kenilworth in parliamentary boundary shift
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.”