Boundary changes ‘to ensure fairness’

LOCAL political groups have clashed over proposed changes to the electoral landscape in North Kirklees. 

The Boundary Commission for England published proposals earlier this month which, if given the go-ahead, will lead to a carve-up of Batley & Spen.

The number of MPs in the House of Commons would also be cut from 650 to 600.

Labour activists have criticised the proposals, stating that the changes will hit them the hardest with a number of high-profile MPs’ seats set to disappear.

Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff previously labelled the proposals as “unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable”.

But local Conservatives have claimed the review is simply about making the boundaries a fairer representation of the population.

Commenting on the publication of the Boundary Commission’s initial proposals, Mark Eastwood, chairman of the Dewsbury County Conservative Association, said: “It is vital boundaries are reformed to ensure fairness for every single person who casts a vote and that they are not based on data which is more than 20 years old, which will be the case.

“It is also important the boundaries are drawn up in a way which is impartial and independent and as a result I am pleased the Boundary Commission’s proposals are exactly that, to ensure equal-sized constituencies here in West Yorkshire and the United Kingdom. “This constructive approach is in stark contrast to the response from the Labour MP for Dewsbury and the Labour Party as a whole, which is riddled with infighting and threats of de-selection.”

A 12-week consultation  will run until December 5 for members of the public to have their say.

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