Rory’s plea for the future of Cumbria’s constituency boundaries
Rory has renewed his call to constituents to engage in the ongoing public consultation into the Boundary Commission for England’s (BCE) proposed constituency boundary changes, which were met in Cumbria with widespread criticism when first published last September. He spoke following the BCE’s online publication of all representations made during its public hearings last October. More than 40,000 people nationally responded to the BCE’s attempt to redraw the parliamentary constituency map, with almost 1,000 representations made in the north-west. Of the dozens who spoke at the public hearings in Carlisle last October, almost 90% were strongly against the proposals, and supportive of the three main political parties’ counter-proposals, which were broadly aligned.
There follows a brief period until midday on April 3rd 2012 in which the public can once again send their representations to the BCE, and more information can be found online at http://consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/
Rory said: “This is the last chance for residents of Cumbria to make their views known to the Boundary Commission before they report back later in the year with – we hope – amended proposals. Cumbria’s voice has been heard loud and clear: we do not support these proposals, and there are sensible counter-proposals that can and should be adopted. Please, if you feel strongly about this, do not hesitate to send your comments to the Commission as quickly as possible before April 3rd.“