‘Weird’ plan to shake up constituency boundaries blasted by Redbridge MPs

Proposed changes to constituency boundaries have been described as “ridiculous”, “weird” and not properly thought through by Redbridge MPs.

Plans include abolishing the Ilford South constituency with major changes to Ilford North as well as Chingford and Woodford Green.

The MPs are waiting to hear from the Boundary Commission in the autumn to see if their concerns about the changes have been listened to.

The government wants to cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600 and ensure a similar number of people live in each constituency.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes said: “The commission is putting numbers over local community lines and historical associations, the plans are ridiculous, they destroy an historic town centre.”

Under the plans, Ilford South would be split into four with sections going to Ilford North, a new Wanstead and Woodford constituency, East Ham and Barking and Dagenham.

Mr Gapes said: “The plans meant that if there is an incident on Ilford high street the police will have to communicate with a different MP depending on which side of the road it happened on which is absurd and illogical.”

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Lee Scott, MP for Ilford North, said: “We said that we would reduce the number of MPs and that’s what we will do, but what they have suggested is weird, it would have been better to keep an Ilford North and Ilford South constituency.”

The proposals also include changing the Chingford and Woodford Green constituency which could become Chingford and Edmonton.

MP Iain Duncan Smith said: “I think that the changes need to be properly thought through by the Boundary Commission and for the new proposed constituency of Chingford and Edmonton I see little evidence of that.

“There have been about 500 submissions from people in my constituency against the changes out of a total of around 4,000 submissions in the whole of London.”

All three MPs have made written or oral submissions against the plans.

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