After a great deal of speculation over the last few months, the Boundary Commission have this week announced plans for their constituencies.
They have decided that the new Morley and Outwood constituency will now be split in two – with the two Morley wards in a new constituency with Batley, Beeston and Farnley park. The other part of the constituency; Ardsley and Robin Hood, along with the two Outwood wards in Wakefield will be in a new seat with Leeds central and Middleton park.
These changes will be expensive to make and highly disruptive and once again the splitting up of communities will, I fear, cause a lot of anger and upset. It just does not make sense, for example, for Tingley and Morley to be in different constituencies. It will make it harder to have proper representation for our area in Parliament.
The Government claims these changes will eventually save money – but they are wasting twice as much money on electing a whole new group of politicians as elected police commissioners who will be paid twice as much as MPs.
I fear the Boundary Commission is being used by the Government in an attempt to get a party political advantage. There will now be an opportunity for local communities to make their views known to public hearings – and I will be asking the Government to think again before it’s too late.
However, rest assured, that I will continue to work tirelessly for all the people of Morley and Outwood each day between now and the next general election. Anyone needing my help as their MP shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch.