Views on changes to political landscape revealed

11:33 07 March 2012

Oliver Heald MP

Oliver Heald MP

Archant

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

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 08:32
James Lovelace ran the marathon for Macmillan.

Hardy runners from Royston and the surrounding villages raised impressive sums for charity when they pounded through the streets of the capital during the London Marathon on Sunday. As the runners take a well-earned break after the trials and tribulations of months of training, the Crow has taken a snapshot of the day – featuring some of the stars from the area, who ran the marathon for some very personal and worthwhile

causes..

Melbourn commercial director James Lovelace ran the Marathon to raise money for Macmillan, to say thanks for the support they gave when he was diagnosed with skin cancer last year.

Fri, 15:36
Therfield pupil Joshua McNaught, aged 6, shows off his drawing of Her Majesty.

Staff and pupils in Therfield enjoyed a right royal day at school in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday last week.

Missing widow Helen Bailey from Royston with Arsene Wenger.

Police have made an appeal to Arsenal fans for information about missing Gunners season ticket holder and Royston author Helen Bailey.

Fri, 14:42
Kim will be trekking across Iceland for CoppaFeel!

A Royston woman is chuffed to bits after being chosen to take part in a trek across Iceland to raise money and awareness for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel!

”North

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up