Fiona Welcomes Unchanged East Lothian Constituency Boundaries

October 18, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   News   |   0 Comment»

 

Fiona O’Donnell MP has welcomed the news that East Lothian’s Westminster parliamentary boundaries are to remain unchanged.

Every Westminster parliamentary constituency in the UK has been under review as part of Government plans to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 at the next general election, expected in 2015.

Speaking following the Boundary Commission’s initial proposals Fiona said:

“East Lothian currently meets all of the criteria set out by the Boundary Commission relating to constituency size, number of voters and respect for local authority boundaries.

“I am pleased that common sense has prevailed and that East Lothian’s boundaries are to remain unchanged under the new rules.”

However, Fiona has expressed concern that whilst Scotland is set to lose 7 MPs, special measures have been introduced to protect some Lib-Dem seats. 

Fiona added:

“The Tory-led government’s gerrymandering is a bad case scenario for Scotland as the plans will weaken Scotland’s voice at Westminster and will reduce representation for voters in cities like Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee. 

“Instead we will have totally new constituencies that cross different local authority boundaries, are completely different from Holyrood boundaries, and often have little regard for local communities.”

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