MP says March residents ‘will have something to say’ about Downham Market and Wisbech constituency

MARCH residents “will I’m sure have something to say” about the name of their new Parliamentary constituency, MP Steve Barclay predicted.

He was speaking last night before a meeting with other Eastern region MPs called to discuss a major shake up that will see Fenland split between three new constituencies.

The Boundaries Commission is recommending that March goes into a new ‘Wisbech and Downham Market’ constituency whilst Chatteris is hived off into Huntingdon and Whittlesey into Peterborough.

“It’s early days yet but 55 per cent of my present constituency will go into Wisbech and Downham Market,” said Mr Barclay.

“It also includes the area in which I live but I’m not sure people in March will like the constituency title. As part of the consultations I am sure people will, quite rightly, wish to express a view about what the right name should be for the new constituency.”

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He said restructuring and reductions in head counts was something his constituents had become used to and now it was the time for MPs to do likewise.

He said it would be a 12-week consultation “and we need to take our time to understand the implications. I am, however, disappointed Fenland is being split three ways.

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“As for the title I would be surprised if the Boundaries Commission sees that as something that is set in stone.”

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