Views on changes to political landscape revealed

11:33 07 March 2012

Oliver Heald MP

Oliver Heald MP

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THE views of politicians and members of public on proposals to redraw Crow Country’s political battlefield have been revealed.

A shake-up of electoral boundaries was announced in November with both South Cambs and North East Hertfordshire potentially ceasing to exist in their current forms.

The Boundary Commission launched a public consultation after unveiling its plans to cut 50 MPs with responses from members of the public, local authorities and MPs published online.

Royston MP Oliver Heald’s North East Hertfordshire patch could be renamed Letchworth and take in Stotfold, Arlesey and Potton in Bedfordshire.

He could also lose a number of Hertfordshire villages, including Benington, Ardeley and Watton-at-Stone.

The Royston resident told the commission he partly agrees with the proposals and only disagrees with the placing of a village in the Welwyn constituency.

“Obviously the idea is to reduce the number of MPs and save some money for the taxpayer and overall I’m in favour of that,” he told The Crow.

“When they came up with proposals for our area they kept the four main towns together which was great – that’s Letchworth, Baldock, Royston and Buntingford.

“I was sad to see I would lose some of my southern villages as I have represented them for 15 years but given the task I thought the commission had done its best and it seemed to me quite reasonable.”

Health Secretary and South Cambs MP Andrew Lansley’s patch would retain its current name, but it is proposed that Bassingbourn and the Mordens be included in a new St Neots district.

South Cambridgeshire would gain some of the constituency currently called South East Cambridgeshire.

Mr Lansley did not respond, neither did a representative of South Cambs District Council.

The review must be completed by autumn 2013, and any changes will come into effect at the next General Election.

All responses can be commented on until noon on April 3. Visit consultation.
boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk

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