Today the Boundary Commission published their latest proposals for reshaping parliamentary constituencies to try to produce a more uniform number of electors in every seat. As you can see if you click on the maps below, their initial suggestion for our area is for a Denton & Hyde constituency (including Longdendale and, slightly oddly, Stalybridge South) and an “Ashton-under-Lyne” constituency that would include the rest of Stalybridge, Dukinfield, and Mossley.
The new proposals from the Boundary Commission do significantly change the Tameside constituencies. These reviews are unfortunately just a part of the parliamentary process and it is important for fairness that constituencies are broadly the same size.
However, I don’t like the way that the Government have set criteria so tightly that towns get broken up, as Stalybridge would be under this plan. Historic town identities are important. However, there is a long way to go and these plans often change between drafts.
My focus will just be getting on with the job of representing Hyde, Stalybridge, Longdendale, Mossley and Dukinfield. I’m proud of the job I do representing all parts of the constituency and I think with everything that is going on right now that’s what people want and expect.
You can find out more or submit your views on the proposals here: https://www.bcereviews.org.uk