Labour happy with new city bound­aries

City’s con­stituency set to be ex­panded ahead of next gen­eral elec­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Pro­posed bound­ary for the Peter­bor­ough con­stituency will help Labour win the seat at the next gen­eral elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the party’s group leader on the city coun­cil. Cllr Mo­hammed Jamil be­lieves in­cor­po­rat­ing the ward of Flet­ton & Wood­ston into the con­stituency will help un­seat Con­ser­va­tive MPSte­wart Jack­son in 2020.

Rec­om­men­da­tions for new Par­lia­men­tary bound­aries were re­leased by the in­de­pen­dent Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Eng­land on Tues­day but are now sub­ject to three rounds of con­sul­ta­tion be­fore they are voted on in 2018.

Ste­wart Jack­son won Peter­bor­ough from Labour’s He­len Clark in 2005 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2015. How­ever, his ma­jor­ity at the last elec­tion was just 1,925, mean­ing that Peter­bor­ough will be a tar­get seat in 2020 when the next gen­eral elec­tion is due.

Cllr Jamil said: “We have long called for Flet­ton and Wood­ston to be part of Peter­bor­ough. We think it’s a good thing. If the last elec­tion is any­thing to go by we think we have strong sup­port there.”

Flet­ton & Wood­ston cur­rently has two Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors and one Labour.

Asked his thoughts on the rec­om­mended changes, and whether it might boost his re­elec­tion chances, Mr Jack­son said: “It’s early days as these are draft pro­pos­als and are sub­ject to change and there will cer­tainly beother op­tions on the table.

“I’d be happy to rep­re­sent to elec­tors of Flet­ton and Wood­ston in due course but we’ll have to see what the fi­nal plans look like in 2018.”

Flet­ton & Wood­ston vot­ers cur­rently haveNorthWest Cam­bridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive at West­min­ster.

Un­derthe­p­ro­posed­changes, MrVara’ssafe Con­ser­va­tive seat woul­dalso lose the par­ish of Earith in Hunt­ing­don­shire.

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