WARRINGTON South MP Andy Carter says he is “not surprised” by Boundary Commission proposals to move Lymm and Thelwall into the neighbouring constituency of Tatton.
The Boundary Commission for England has revealed the first draft of proposed changes across the country, with just under 10 per cent of existing constituencies remaining unchanged, so each MP can represent a similar number of people.
While Warrington could lose Lymm and Thelwall to Tatton, currently held by Tory MP Esther McVey, Warrington North, represented by Charlotte Nichols MP, is almost unchanged, with the Westbrook Centre moved to Warrington South and part of Chetham Court at Winwick Quay moved in the opposite direction.
Now there will be two years of consultation and Mr Carter is keen to hear the views of his constituents living in the Lymm & Thelwall areas and says the Boundary Commission will also be keen to hear their views.
Mr Carter said: “This is the first stage in what will be a two-year consultation to balance constituencies around the UK so that every MP represents roughly the same number of people.
“As the MP for Warrington South I currently have around 14,000 more constituents than the MP for Warrington North, so it’s not a surprise to see some proposed changes to Warrington South to bring it down to the agreed level of the electorate.
“I’m very keen to hear from local people about the suggestion being outlined to move Lymm and Thelwall out of Warrington South and into Tatton and I know the boundary commission will be keen to hear from residents too.”
The first consultation, which will see the number of constituencies in England increased by 10 from 533 from 543, is now underway and will run until August 2.
This will then be followed by two further consultations during next year, followed by final recommendations which will be drawn up.
The proposals are due to be put in place in 2023.
Responses to the consultation can be made via https://www.bcereviews.org.uk/
Mr Cater can be contacted via https://members.parliament.uk/member/4791/contact