September 22nd, 2016

Redditch MP pledges support for latest Boundary Commission proposals

Updated: 10:55 am, Sep 14, 2016

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has pledged her support as the latest Boundary Commission proposals announce a large part of Bromsgrove could be swallowed up by Redditch.

Controversial proposals for changes to parliamentary constituencies have been announced as part of a reform which would see the House of Commons reduce from 650 MPs to 600 and as part of this large changes in Worcestershire are planned.

The Boundary Commission for England produced its initial recommendations for all English parliamentary constituencies on Tuesday (September 13) and substantial changes to Bromsgrove and Redditch, as well as boundaries of seats in Worcestershire as a whole, have been suggested.

As far as the Redditch constituency is concerned, several wards currently in the Bromsgrove constituency would now be included – Alvechurch South, Alvechurch Village, Barnt Green Hopwood, Drakes Cross, Hollywood, Tardebigge, Wythall East and Wythall West.

However Inkberrow and Hanbury, currently within Redditch, would be moved to other re-vamped Worcestershire constituencies.

Mrs Lumley, who has welcomed the changes proposed in the review, said: “It was a Conservative manifesto commitment to cut the cost of politics by reducing the number of MPs and to make the average size of constituencies more equal, thus giving everyone’s vote an equal weight, and I support this move.

“Redditch is currently one of the smallest Parliamentary constituencies in the West Midlands, and if these changes are implemented, each will have around 75,000 voters.

“Whilst being MP for Redditch I have developed strong relationships and made good friends in every part of the constituency, however as I support the idea of fairer and more equal sized constituencies across the country I accept there are likely to be some changes locally.

” Whatever the final proposals, I will continue to serve all my constituents equally right up to the next general election in May 2020.”

The Boundary Commission is consulting on its initial proposals for a 12-week period, from now until December 5.

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