DENTON AND REDDISH TO REMAIN AS A PARLIAMENTARY SEAT AT 2015 GENERAL ELECTION.
Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne voted last night to reject the changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries, which would have been introduced for the next General Election.
The defeat of these Conservative Party inspired changes will ensure Greater Manchester retains its influential voice in Parliament and protects the current constituencies which are based on clearly identifiable communities. The proposed boundary changes would have ensured that the current grouping of the Tameside and Stockport boroughs would lose one MP overall, meaning its voice in Parliament would have been significantly watered down.
The Boundary Commission sparked controversy by accepting Conservative Party proposals to split Reddish in half, with Reddish North being put into an enlarged the Manchester Gorton seat. The proposals would have seen the creation of a new ‘merged’ Ashton under Lyne and Denton Constituency. Droylsden faced a similar fate to Reddish, with Droylsden West being placed into an expanded Manchester Central seat and Droylsden East being attached to Ashton & Denton.
MPs voted by 334 to 292 to accept delaying the changes until 2018 at the earliest. By then there may have been a change of Government and a fresh review of seats may be necessary because of population shifts.
Labour and Lib Dem MPs were joined by those of smaller parties – including the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the DUP, the SDLP the Greens and Respect – to defeat the proposals, giving them majority of 42. There were also four Tory rebels: David Davis, Philip Davies, John Baron, Richard Shepherd. Two Tories abstained: Andrew Percy, Glyn Davies. Three Tories were absent: William Hague, Kenneth Clarke and Helen Grant.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I am delighted that common sense has prevailed on this issue. The Government’s proposals were deeply flawed and frankly barmy! The plans completely ignored any sense of community or locality. For my own constituency, it means that the 30-year links between Denton and Reddish will remain in place. Reddish really got the worst of all deals under the Tory-inspired proposals, with Reddish North being separated from Reddish South to be put into the Manchester Gorton seat.
“Above all, this is good news for Greater Manchester, which will not now lose a Parliamentary seat overall, and will retain a set of constituencies that better reflect local communities than the Boundary Commission’s proposals would have done.”