Westminster Column

19th October 2012

Earlier this week the Boundary Commission published their revised proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies in England.

Your hardworking local Councillors and I are delighted that after careful consideration the Commission has recommended that Sutton Coldfield’s Parliamentary boundaries should remain as they are today.

This has been a hard won battle and credit fully goes to the local community. In Sutton Coldfield we have a strong sense of identity and many Suttonians made it very clear that the initial proposals were not acceptable. I am pleased, therefore, that the Commission has taken on-board our objections to exchanging New Hall and Kingstanding Wards which have almost identical electorate numbers.

I know from my postbag that this will be a decision that will be very much welcomed not only by residents of New Hall but across Sutton Coldfield.

The Boundary Commission has had to make some difficult decisions to ensure fairer votes and reduce the number of constituencies in England from 533 to 502, which will significantly reduce the cost of politics in the UK.

The Commission will be consulting on their revised proposals for an eight-week period. The consultation started on Tuesday 16 October, and will close on Monday 10 December 2012.

As before I urge my constituents to make their views clear to the Boundary Commission and I know that many have contributed to the original consultations. I would now encourage everyone to use this new opportunity to have a say before the Commission makes its final recommendations to the Government. We are nearly there so write now!

For more information about the proposed constituencies in the West Midlands please visit: www.consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/static/...

A hard copy of the revised proposals is available at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.

To contribute to the consultation you can: