Hyndburn's first MP has hit out at proposals to carve the parliamentary seat in two.
Ken Hargreaves represented Hyndburn between 1983 and 1992, and his outstanding service to the community was recognised last December when he was awarded the Freedom of the Borough.
But if the Boundary Commission proposals go ahead the name of the borough will be wiped off the parliamentary map.
The proposed changes came after the Conservative-led coalition ordered a cut in the number of MPs of 50, including 31 from England and 2 from Lancashire. Government chiefs want to equalise the size of parliamentary seats.
But former Tory MP Mr Hargreaves, 72, says the move would be a backwards step with the newly annexed halves of the borough making up the minor part of the new Burnley South and Accrington, and Darwen and Haslingden seats.
He said: "It does have to be equalised, but it's better if people identify with one area. I think it's a retrograde step.
"Hyndburn already includes a bit of Haslingden and it's really extending it. I would prefer it to be one council represented by one MP."
Named after the borough river, the Hyndburn seat was created out of the old Accrington and Clitheroe seats 28 years ago. Two Haslingden wards were also added to the seat under the last Labour government. However, the town of Accrington has been in one seat for 126 years.
"Before I was MP it was just Accrington and the year that I stood we took in Great Harwood so it's been fluid all the time," said Ken.
"It was right to bring in Great Harwood because that was part of Hyndburn.
"Wherever you draw the line you're going to have problems. I know that Haslingden have had some problems identifying with Hyndburn. When you are only a small part of the whole seat you feel that you're a bit spare."
The Accrington Observer is campaigning against the Boundary Commission recommendations, which would carve up Hyndburn and see the borough form the minor share of two new seats.
A public hearing will take place at the Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, from October 24-25. Further details are on the Boundary Commission website - click here .
A public meeting will also be held at Haslingden Community Link, Bury Road, Haslingden, on Wednesday, October 26 at 7pm to discuss the boundary changes.
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