gives her reaction to parliamentary boundary changes
MP Tessa Munt has given her reaction to controversial proposals
from the Boundary Commission to re-draw the borders of the Wells
constituency in time for the general election in 2015.
The Boundary Commissions review is part of a plan to reduce
the number of MPs from 650 to 600.
The Commission's proposals would see the Wells constituency adding
the Huntspills, Pawlett, Puriton, Woolavington, the Poldens, Shapwick,
Ashcott, Westonzoyland, Middlezoy, North Petherton and the surrounding
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will stay in the constituency.
However, the villages of Street and Chilcompton, and the towns
of Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet, would be transferred into other
by The Guardian newspaper this
week showed that if voters do not change how they cast their
votes, the Wells constituency will be won by the Conservatives,
rather than Lib Dems in 2015.
However, Tessa said: "This is just the first stage in a
long process. We have a 12-week consultation period on these suggestions,
followed by two further sets of consultation before both Houses
of Parliament have to vote on the Commissioners final recommendations
for the constituency boundaries for England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland in October 2013."
She added: "In my role, you become very attached to the
towns and villages in which you work, and I love the areas I represent."
"I have four more years during which I shall work for the
people in this wonderful part of Somerset to the best of my abilities.
This initial announcement makes no difference whatsoever to my
work over the next few years."
The public consultations opened on Tuesday September 13th and
close on December 5th. Details on how residents can have their
say can be found on the Boundary Commissions website here.
Written submissions should be sent to: Boundary Commission for
England, 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ or you can email:
Pictured: Top, the new-look Wells constituency under the changes
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