Majority of district MPs say boundary change plans should now be ditched (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Majority of district MPs say boundary change plans should now be ditched
The vast majority of MPs in the district now believe plans to change parliamentary boundaries should be ditched.
They have reacted after Liberal Democrats peers voted against proposals to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600.
There was outcry in 2011 when the Boundary Commission published its first proposals to carve up the electorate and wipe out the Shipley constituency and have four main MPs with parts of the district being covered by Calder Valley and Yeadon.
They changed last year with an updated consultation document, which would this time have resulted in the loss of Bradford South.
But any moves now looks set to be delayed until after the 2015 general election at least after the House of Lords vote.
Downing Street said Prime Minister David Cameron would seek to overturn the amendment in the Commons, but without an overall Tory majority thearithmetic is against him.
Shipley MP Philip Davies (Con) said that he voted against the Bill to change the boundaries.
“Although I am pleased that the stance of the Lib Dems is likely to result in the boundaries remaining unchanged, I think that the attitude of Nick Clegg is what you would expect from primary school children rather than from the Deputy Prime Minister,” he said.
Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe (Lab) said he was pleased because his seat would have disappeared.
David Ward, the Lib Dem MP for Bradford East, said he had never supported boundary reforms because he believed they may have had a damaging effect in Bradford.
“The changes put forward would have broken up communities into nonsense constituencies that could have denied them proper Parliamentary representation,” he said.
Bradford West MP George Galloway (Respect) blamed Mr Clegg for chucking his toys out of the pram, although he said he was against the changes..
But Kris Hopkins, Keighley (Con), said: “The boundaries review was never linked to House of Lords reform. I am sorry they (the Lib Dems) have reneged on the agreement reached which included reducing the number of MPs, which I think would be a popular move across the country.”