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Appeal to scrap boundary changes
8:47am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in News
A RADICAL shake-up of parliamentary constituencies planned for our region should be abandoned, according to a report published today by the Boundary Commission.
The report focuses on new rules laid down by parliament which would see the number of constituencies in England reduced from 533 to 502, and could see Selby divided, while Strensall would move from York to a new Malton constituency.
However, the Boundary Commission report said voters in our region had overwhelmingly adopted an “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” attitude to the reforms and it recommended no changes should be made in North Yorkshire.
The recommendation was welcomed by local politicians. Selby MP Nigel Adams said: “It was a crazy idea splitting Selby into five different areas and having parts of North Yorkshire mixing with West Yorkshire. It would have seen Selby represented by three different MPs.”
Meanwhile, York Central MP Hugh Bayley said: “The boundaries for the two York constituencies work well. There’s a difference between York’s historic centre and the surrounding suburbs and villages. People are just getting used to the new boundaries with an inner and outer York and there’s no reason to change it.”
In December, City of York Council leader James Alexander joined the fellow party leaders to condemn the proposals, describing them as “bonkers”.
The Boundary Commission recommendations will now form part of an eight-week national public consultation before the proposals are put before parliament.
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