Tuesday 15 November 2011 9.37am
With respect to Simon Hughes
, South Bank Employers' Group etc, I'm not sure that opposing the Boundary Commission's proposed changes for Waterloo/Bishop's Ward is the right thing to do. The old Vauxhall constituency - sitting MP Kate Hoey
- will be abolished whatever happens; Government policy is to cut the number of MPs and even out constituency populations nationally.
Waterloo's choice, if it has one, is therefore to be part of a new Bermondsey and Waterloo constituency (split between the Southwark and Lambeth council areas) or Battersea and Vauxhall constituency (split between the Wandsworth and Lambeth council areas). So whichever way Waterloo goes, our new MP will have to deal with more than one council. The way this area has developed, the South Bank and Bankside share most community and business issues. I think we're better sticking together, and instead of fighting the Parliamentary change encouraging the Boundary Commission to look at further change to help make this work... maybe changing Bishop's Ward to be part of Southwark Council
rather than Lambeth Council
. Then we'd have one MP and one council - a double win to really help this part of London move forward.