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Hyndburn set to lose MP in boundary shake-up

Hyndburn is set lose its MP, under a radical shake-up of electoral boundaries.

Hyndburn is set lose its MP, under a radical shake-up of electoral boundaries.

Wards in Accrington and its surrounding districts will make up the smaller share of two new constituencies – Burnley South and Accrington, and Darwen and Haslingden.

The long-awaited Boundary Commission recommendations were released on Monday, and the public have three months to give their views.

The Government wants to cut the number of MPs by 50 to 600 to make savings and roughly equalise the size of parliamentary seats.

Under the plans, most of Accrington, along with Great Harwood, Huncoat, Clayton-le-Moors and Altham will join with 10 Burnley wards. Church, Rishton, Baxenden, Spring Hill and the Oswaldtwistle wards will be merged with areas of Blackburn with Darwen and Rossendale.

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones accused the Government of 'gerrymandering' the consituency boundaries for electoral gain.

He said: “There's no logic to it at all and this has happened right across the country where there is chaos. Some of the constituencies are ridiculous. How can you have Rishton in with Tockholes, Peel in with Cliviger or Spring Hill in with Edenfield? This is absolutely barmy when people are losing their jobs and the economy is really struggling. It's an absolute disgrace.”

The consultation is due to close on December 5, 2011.

To respond visit the Boundary Commission website, email northwest@bcommengland.x.gsi.gov.uk or write to Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ.
 


 

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