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Preston MP wants debate on boundary changes, calls public meeting this week

Posted on - 18th October, 2011 - 10:40am | Author - | Posted in - News, People, Politics

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Preston’s MP Mark Hendrick will hold a public meeting this Thursday, 20 October, to discuss the Boundary Commission proposal to remove Fishwick from Preston.

The meeting will take place at Fishwick Ramblers Working Men’s Club, and will start at 7 pm. Local Fishwick councillors will also be in attendance.

The Commission plans to reduce the number of Lancashire seats from 16 to 14 as part of an overhaul of the county’s political landscape.

Last month Hendrick criticised the changes, telling the Lancashire Evening Post: “I am very unhappy with these changes. They are a gerrymandering exercise to curry political persuasion.”

England’s representation in the House of Commons will fall from 533 to 502 MPs, Scotland’s from 59 to 52, Wales’s from 40 to 30, and Northern Ireland’s from 18 to 16.

Within England, the North West will lose seven MPs, but critics of the plans say that the requirement for all except a few seats to have between 72,810 and 80,473 voters will inevitably lead to crossing county, council and ward boundaries.

Take a look at the map below to see the location of the meeting.


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