MP fights change to constituency

6th August 2009'residents are concerned about the state of the road on Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall. They've noticed an increase of lorries and wagons driving up and down. Jon Trickett is going out to see them. 'Pictured: Jon Trickett with concerned residents.
6th August 2009'residents are concerned about the state of the road on Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall. They've noticed an increase of lorries and wagons driving up and down. Jon Trickett is going out to see them. 'Pictured: Jon Trickett with concerned residents.

JON Trickett MP is “objecting in the strongest terms” to proposals which would see his Hemsworth constituency grow.

The Boundary Commission is reviewing constituencies for its 2013 review. Its aim is to create fewer, more equally-proportioned constituencies across the UK.

The changes to the Hemsworth constituency would mean it would include the current Wakefield Rural ward, which includes areas such as Netherton, Crigglestone, Painthorpe, Newmillerdam and Durkar and would be known as the Hemsworth and Wakefield South constituency.

Featherstone would no longer be part of the Hemsworth constituency, becoming part of the Wakefield East and Pontefract.

The Boundary Commission’s proposals would mean bigger constituencies and 50 fewer MPs sitting in the House of Commons.

Mr Trickett, who is against the reforms, believes the changes are politically motivated in favour of the Conservative Party.

On Friday night the local Labour Party met in South Kirkby to discuss the proposal.

Mr Trickett said: “These proposals represent little more than a crude Tory stitch-up designed to damage Labour both in Yorkshire and nationally.

“Hemsworth has come out of this process relatively unscathed although it grieves me deeply that the Boundary Commission proposes to take Featherstone out of our area but if the government chooses to ignore local feelings I will fight these proposals in Parliament as will the Labour Party.

“Let me make my intentions clear. No ifs and no buts. As someone who was born in Yorkshire, lives in the Hemsworth constituency and a lifelong socialist, I will be seeking to carry on representing the voters in the proposed new constituency of Hemsworth at the next election.

“The Conservatives never had much time for our area and we need a strong, experienced and Yorkshire voice in Parliament to make them listen.”

If the proposals are agreed, the changes would come into affect after the next general election, due in May 2015.

Just five of the 54 seats across the Yorkshire and the Humber region would remain untouched under the proposals, which will reduce the total number of seats in the area to 50.

The Boundary Commission’s consultation on the proposals began on Tuesday and runs until December 5.

Visit www.independent.gov.uk/boundarychanges for more information or e-mail yorkshumber@bcommengland.x.gsi.gov.uk with your views.