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Local LibDems say ‘think again’ to the Boundary Commission

October 18, 2017 10:41 AM

Liberal Democrats in Kenilworth & Southam constituency say the proposed break-up of communities in the constituency is unwelcome and should be re-thought.

The latest Parliamentary boundary proposals from the Boundary Commission would come into effect in the General Election in 2022, if the current Conservative government survives until that date. The proposals aim to even out the number of electors in each constituency and to reduce the number of MPs across the UK from 650 to 600. The Kenilworth & Southam constituency would disappear and the communities allocated to Rugby, Stratford Warwick & Leamington constituencies whilst Kenilworth residents will join with electors in Coventry to form a new constituency called Coventry South and Kenilworth.

"Reform of our political and electoral systems is in the DNA of all Liberal Democrats", said John Whitehouse, Chairman of Kenilworth & Southam LibDems, "but these unfair plans make no sense in terms of local community ties and need to be re-thought."

Amongst the anomalies proposed are that electors in Radford Semele and Offchurch would be voting in the Rugby constituency, despite both communities having much closer ties with Leamington. Electors in Harbury, Bishop's Itchington and Lighthorne Heath would also vote in Rugby constituency, even though they have much closer ties with either Leamington or Stratford.

"To suggest that there are community links between areas of south Coventry and Kenilworth, which might justify shunting electors in these areas into the same constituency, is a nonsense. Hopefully the Conservative government will do the responsible thing and reject these plans However, if it wants to spend time and taxpayers' money on political reform when it also has to deal with the huge challenges of resolving Brexit, reducing our economic fragility and addressing our housing crisis, the government would be better advised to focus on more important aspects of political reform, such as reform of the House of Lords and changes to our unfair voting system."

The deadline for responses to the Boundary Commission's plans for new constituencies is Monday 11th December 2017.