Ongoing uncertainty on Parliamentary Boundaries in Morley and Outwood

It is good news that these expensive, arbitrary and unpopular proposals to change constituency boundaries again may now not go ahead. But we won’t know anything for certain until later in the year. And in the meantime, David Cameron’s stubborn attempt to go ahead without the support of the Liberal Democrats or Labour means millions of pounds more will be wasted in bureaucracy.

Under the original boundary proposals, constituencies boundaries were set to change every five years which would have been hugely confusing. And they did not show any respect for local community ties. Places like Tingley in my constituency would have ended up in a different Parliamentary constituency to Morley, and Outwood in the same constituency as the centre of Leeds. That doesn’t make any sense.

Across the region, dozens of other towns and local communities would have been split in order to meet the arbitrary requirements put forward by the Conservative party. I’ve always said the changes would be expensive to make and highly disruptive. And I now hope we’ve seen the last of it.

However, the uncertainty continues. Despite giving agreement in principle to the boundary proposals last year, the Liberal Democrats have now dug their heels in after their reforms for the House of Lords were scuppered by Conservative back benchers. But David Cameron has said he’s going to press ahead anyway, even though he doesn’t have the votes in the House of Commons.

Whatever happens with the boundaries however, the people of Morley and Outwood should 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.

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Posted August 14th, 2012 by Ed