Boundary Commission proposals revealed today, which could affect Ilford South MP Mike Gapes

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 October 2017

Mike Gapes, Ilford South MP, addresses the rally. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Mike Gapes, Ilford South MP, addresses the rally. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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The latest recommondations by the Boundary Commission will be revealed today, which could force Ilford South MP Mike Gapes out of his seat.

The commission was instructed by the then prime minister David Cameron to even out the number of constituents in each seat, and reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

In its first review, Ilford South was eliminated as a constituency and split between Ilford North, Leytonstone and Wanstead, Barking and the new created seat of Forest Gate and Loxford.

It would have seen the Exchange Shopping Centre split into two parts.

At the time Mr Gapes, who has been Ilford South MP for 25 years, said “the heart of Ilford has been torn apart”.

However, whatever the Boundary Commission recommends, it looks unlikely the measures will be passed.

Prime minister Theresa May only has a wafer thin majority with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and it is unlikely enough MPs will vote in favour of reducing their number by 50.

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