The Boundary Commission for England has published its proposals for new parliamentary boundaries to come into effect at the next General Election. They divide the Wolverhampton South East constituency into four different parts of surrounding constituencies across three different local government boroughs.
These proposals come about as a result of legislation passed by the Coalition Government aimed at reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600. The Labour Party opposed this legislation and has played no part in producing the proposals published today.
The Boundary Commission’s proposals for the current Wolverhampton South East constituency are as follows:
Bilston North and East Park wards would become part of a new Wolverhampton North constituency made up of those wards plus the existing wards in Wolverhampton North East.
Bilston East ward would become part of a new Walsall West constituency made up otherwise entirely of wards in Walsall.
Spring Vale and Coseley East ward would become part of a new Dudley West constituency.
Ettingshall and Blakenhall would become part of a new Wolverhampton South constituency, made up of those wards and the existing seven wards in Wolverhampton South West.
Pat McFadden said:
“Any pretence that the Boundary Commission would respect traditional community identity has been torn to shreds by these proposals. The four wards which cover Bilston are to become part of four different constituencies in three different boroughs. Bilston has a long history and a strong identity but the Boundary Commission has completely ignored that. I think local people will be deeply angered that their town and their identity has been treated in this way. The fear always was that this exercise would be driven more by drawing lines on maps than an understanding of local communities and these proposals prove that is the case.”