CHANGES aimed at equalising the size of parliamentary constituencies, rather than maintaining historic links, have led the Boundary Commission to propose a controversial political map.
In Tory-controlled Chester, the Commission suggests removing Christleton, Littleton and Guilden Sutton and, bizarrely, also the old Boughton Heath and Vicars Cross ward.
Residents in these areas may find it curious that in future they could belong to a new constituency called ‘Winsford’ – successor to Eddisbury constituency where sitting Tory MP Stephen O’Brien appears relaxed about the changes.
The Commission is also proposing to add parts of the Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency to Chester such as the villages of Mickle Trafford, Barrow and Elton.
Meanwhile, Ellesmere Port Labour MP Andrew Miller has dubbed the proposals ‘boundary madness’.
Under the plan, Neston would join the west of Wirral while the rest of Ellesmere Port would be split, putting some of the town in with Chester.
Controversially the rest, along with wards from Wirral South, Weaver Vale and part of the current Halton constituency, would form a new constituency called Mersey Banks divided by the River Mersey.
Mr Miller said: “Perhaps the Boundary Commission will provide a Hovercraft for whoever is the MP for Mersey Banks!”
Weaver Vale Conservative MP Graham Evans is a casualty of the changes as his seat would be dismembered, with part of it forming the proposed Mersey Banks seat.
The Boundary Review reduces the number of MPs from 650 to 600, bringing us closer in line with other democracies and saving £12m a year.
This will mean the North West will have 66 seats, compared with 72 at present. Only seven constituencies remain untouched.