Town could be split in half
Boundary review concern
Cambuslang could be split down the middle at UK general elections when the electoral map of the country is redrawn.
The Electoral Commission confirmed last month they were embarking on a review of the nation’s parliamentary constituencies.
With the number of seats set to be cut to 600, Scotland will see its share fall from 59 to 53.
And that has sparked concerns the commission could revisit plans first mooted four years ago of taking the Cambuslang East council ward into a Hamilton constituency.
A new Rutherglen and East Kilbride constituency, including Cambuslang West, was also suggested.
The bizarre plan was shelved when the Conservative’s coalition partners, the Lib Dems, withdrew their support for the review.
But with a Tory majority, the 2018 review is likely to take place.
Councillor Robert Brown opposed the plan in 2012, instead suggesting a seat that included Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Bothwell, Uddingston and Blantyre.
This week, he told the Reformer: “The proposal for the area was crazy and I think a fairly good argument could be made against it.
“I personally think it’s a real threat, it would bear no relation to the communities reality.
“You’d imagine this will come back again unless an alternative is made.”
Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP, Margaret Ferrier, confirmed she was against any changes, saying focus instead should be on scrapping the House of Lords.
She added: “I will continue to oppose plans to the reduce the number of Scottish constituencies, and the need for a boundary review.
“The Tory government has absolutely no democratic mandate to diminish Scotland’s voice at Westminster by further reducing the number of Scottish MPs.”
Any new proposals will ensure constituencies are within five per cent of having a population of 74,769.2, although the Scottish island constituencies will be untouched.
Lord Matthews, Deputy Chair of the Boundary Commission for Scotland, said: “The rules within which we work put great emphasis on equal electorates across the UK, and as a result the review is likely to result in significant change for many constituencies in Scotland.”
A consultation will take place with the final proposals published in September 2018. The new constituencies will be used at the 2020 general election.
For more information, go to www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk
It’s a real threat, it would bear no relation to reality