Boundary plans show disdain for Highlands
Sir, The sketch maps shown here are drawn from those available on the Boundary Commission for Scotland website.
The map on the left shows the existing UK parliamentary constituencies. The right-hand map shows the proposed changes.
As you can see, the maps are very similar although there is a modification around Nairn. Equally, there will have been some population movements between 2005 and 2016.
However, while the number of constituencies across Scotland is being reduced by around 10 per cent, the number in the north and west Highlands is being reduced from four to three – which is 25 per cent. How can this be fair?
The MP for Highland North will have to travel around nearly 13,000 square kilometres, while the MP for Edinburgh North travels around 20.
I am reminded of an anecdote of James Hunter’s – repeated in Andy Wightman’s book The Poor Had No
Lawyers – about an old man in Sutherland who said: ‘In London, they don’t give a damn about Highlanders, but in Edinburgh they hate us.’
You have until January 11, 2017, to make your feelings known to the Boundary Commission for Scotland in Edinburgh.