Fenland to be split into two parliamentary constituencies by latest Boundary Commission review

THE Boundary Commission has changed its plans for Fenland in the latest revised proposals for new parliamentary constituencies - but the district is still facing the prospect of having more than one MP.

Under the latest proposals announced this week, Wisbech and the surrounding villages will be joined with Downham Market, to create a new Wisbech and Downham Market constituency with an electorate of 76,490

The rest of Fenland, including March, Chatteris and Whittlesey, will join the Ely area to create a newly formed North East Cambridgeshire constituency, with an electorate of 77,570.

An earlier proposal has suggested carving up Fenland into three separate constituencies, and scrubbing the North East Cambridgeshire constituency held by MP Steve Barclay.

The current consultation on the revised proposals will be the last one of this review, before the Commission’s recommendations are submitted to the government in 2013.

“The purpose of this consultation is for people to see the extent to which our initial proposals for new constituency boundaries in England have been revised to take into account all views expressed in response to those earlier initial proposals,” said the Commission.

“We will consider all the responses to this consultation to see whether any final amendments to the proposals are justified, before we finalise our recommendations.”

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The public has until December 10 to make their comments.Information is available on: http://consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/

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