MP seats shake-up wins council backing
U-turn on plan to merge with Fife communities
Councillors have agreed on the revised constituency proposals for Perth and Kinross put forward by the Boundary Commission for Scotland.
Currently Perthshire is split into Perth and North Perthshire and Ochil and South Perthshire.
But UK parliamentary constituencies are being reshuffled.
Scotland’s current 59 constituencies will be reduced to 53 under the scheme, which went out to an eight-week public consultation that finished on December 11.
The proposals won council approval at a meeting on December 20.
Pete Wishart MP’s Perth and North Perthshire constituency would only see minor changes.
The Strathtay council ward would be moved into his constituency. Previously the A9 villages up to and including Bankfoot were in the southern seat.
But Luke Graham MP’s Ochil and South Perthshire constituency, which was only introduced in 2005, is set to be torn apart again.
Perth and Kinross Council’s Almond and Earn, Kinrossshire, Strathallan and Strathearn wards are due to join the existing Stirling constituency.
This is a change from the initial proposal, which was to split the local authority area into Perth and North Perthshire and a new seat called Kinross-shire and Cowdenbeath.
Councillors supported the new proposals but voted against the suggested name of Stirlingshire and South Perthshire.
Kinross- shire councillor Richard Watters expressed his disappointment that his ward was not included in the constituency’s name. A number of councillors agreed with him, saying the constituency name should reflect the region’s history and culture.
Fellow Kinross-shire councillor Michael Barnacle had written to the Boundary Commission, asking it to reconsider the initial plans for a Fife pairing.
He said he was glad to see the formation of an “entirely rural” constituency between Perthshire and Stirling and an “entirely urban” constituency of Dunfermline and Clackmannanshire.
The council unanimously called for the new seat to be called Stirlingshire, Kinrossshire and South Perthshire.
The Boundary Commission is set to present the revised proposals to the Secretary of State for Scotland in September.
The council unanimously called for the new seat to be called Stirlingshire, Kinross-shire and South Perthshire
Minor changes Pete Wishart