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

PUBLISHED: 12:38 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:21 13 September 2016

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting

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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.

What you thought

Jason Leskos, who used to live off Green Lane, Ilford, said “It doesn’t affect me now, but affects my friend.

“I hope the changes don’t go through.”

Parvinara Hoque, 39, of Courtland Avenue, Ilford, said: “I am just worried about the catchment area change.

“It affects people’s decisions where students will apply.”

Nadine Lester, 68, of Auckland Road, Ilford, said: “I think it’s a good thing.

“Everyone else is getting cutbacks so why shouldn’t politicians. We would be saving £61million.”

Nihal Aweis, 16, of Stanley Road, Ilford, said: “I think it’s a bit inconsiderate to the people living in the area.

“People’s opinions should be taken into consideration, they should have perhaps asked for a public vote.

“If the benefits outweigh the risks it’s okay.”

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

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

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.


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