Wes Streeting MP says boundary changes are ‘gerrymandering’ as Ilford North altered

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting - Credit: Archant

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting has called the boundary review “gerrymandering”, while his constituency could be significantly altered.

Initial proposals, released publicly by the Boundary Commission at midnight, show Mr Streeting will stop representing the wards of Barkingside and Clayhall, and be given Seven Kings, Newbury and Chadwell from the abolished Ilford South constituency.

The review was ordered by the previous coalition government, to unify all constituency sizes and reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

But Mr Streeting accused the Conservatives of “gerrymandering” – which is deliberately fixing boundaries for electoral gain.

The Labour MP commented: “Having stuffed the House of Lords with scores of former advisors and Tory donors, the Conservatives are now trying to rid the Commons by cutting the number of elected MPs and fixing the boundaries in their favour.

“We can see the result of that process here in Redbridge.”

He said he would continue to oppose this “hypocrisy”.

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The Ilford South constituency has been cut into four separate seats.

Chris Skidmore, minister for the constitution, today said: “Equalising the size of constituencies in the boundary review will mean everyone’s vote will carry equal weight.”

The proposals will now go out for consultation, before they are voted on by Parliament in 2018.