MSP joins fight against bound­aries plan

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

AR­GYLL and Bute MSP Michael Rus­sell has ques­tioned bound­ary pro­pos­als that would see Ar­gyll, Bute and Lochaber joined into a sin­gle con­stituency in West­min­ster.

Al­though it doesn’t af­fect the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, the changes would ap­ply to Ar­gyll and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara, who has al­ready con­demned the plan.

‘The big­ger the con­stituency you have, the harder it is to ser­vice,’ Mr Rus­sell said. ‘That’s just true. Bren­dan and I still both have among the largest con­stituen­cies in Scot­land.

‘Are you go­ing to get real value for money out of your MP, if that per­son is go­ing to spend most of their time trav­el­ling in the con­stituency?

‘I love the con­stituency – I think it’s a great place to serve – but if Ar­gyll and Bute as a Scot­tish Par­lia­ment con­stituency was to get big­ger, I would be say­ing to peo­ple I am not sure how re­al­is­tic it is to be able to do this job prop­erly.

‘And I think that’s the ques­tion: would you ex­pect your elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive to be able to do that in an ef­fec­tive man­ner? It’s not just about go­ing to par­lia­ment – it’s about also be­ing in com­mu­ni­ties, it’s about meet­ing peo­ple and it’s about work­ing with peo­ple, and it’s hard to do at present. It would be even harder to do it in a big­ger area.’

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