Boundary changes wrong

IN our view, the Boundary Commission’s proposals for revisions to parliamentary constituencies would be a catastrophe for the people of Wallsend (News Guardian, September 15).

In seeking to address issues in Newcastle and Northumberland constituencies, the commission’s proposals would result in the Wallsend community being split into no less than three separate MPs’ constituencies.

The Boundary Commission is currently seeking views from the public on these proposals.

We believe it is important for the people of the North Tyneside wards of Wallsend, Northumberland, Battle Hill, Howdon and Riverside to write to the commission to ask it to keep the wards covering the Wallsend area in one constituency and not the three being proposing.

Under the proposals, Northumberland ward would go into a proposed new Newcastle Central constituency; Battle Hill into a proposed Whitley Bay constituency; with Wallsend ward and those parts of Howdon and Riverside wards that fall into the wider Wallsend area, being part of a new Newcastle East and Tynemouth constituency.

We feel the proposals for the existing North Tyneside constituency don’t make sense, particularly for people living in the Wallsend area.

We believe it would be absurd to fragment Wallsend and have bits of it covered by three different MPs.

In the Boundary Commission proposals, it states it does not want the town of Cramlington spilt up – so why is it saying the town of Wallsend should be split up? It is both unfair and illogical.

We would therefore urge the public to use the consultation process now under way to ask the Boundary Commission to reconsider.

People can do this via the Boundary Commission for England website or by writing to the Commission at 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ.

TONY STEPHENSON, Labour Party Campaign Co-ordinator for Northumberland ward

CARL JOHNSON, Labour Party Campaign Co-ordinator for Battle Hill ward

GARY MADDEN, Labour Party Campaign Co-ordinator for Wallsend ward