Friday 16 September 2016 11.44am
There are two issues here. Firstly should the number of MPs be reduced at all - I'm against it, but that isn't the issue with the boundary review.
What I have an issue with is how they've structured the constituencies to have so many across more than one borough. All four proposed Southwark constituencies are now shared with either Lambeth or Lewisham. This leads to wards feeling cut off from decisions and splits an MP's time between holding two different councils to account. How much time would Neil Coyle
really spend looking at Bishops Ward for example?
I've run the numbers and there seems to be a much better way of doing this. I'll be putting in a submission to the commission, but would like to consult with others before I do so.