West Lancashire’s Parliamentary boundaries are to remain unchanged, the only seat in Lancashire to stay the same under proposals announced by the Boundary Commission for England.
Every constituency in the UK has been under review as part of Government plans to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 at the next general election, expected in 2015.
In response to the Commission’s proposals West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper said:
“I think that the West Lancashire Parliamentary constituency is now a well-established one. The constituency is unique in that it borders three other Parliamentary constituencies outside of Lancashire - two are in Merseyside and one in Greater Manchester.
“For several months there has been speculation about what the Boundary Commission might come up with. There were even academic studies suggesting other ways to alter this constituency.
“There will now be a 12 week consultation including five public hearings for people to give their views on the proposals overall and scope for revisions to be made to these initial proposals. At this time it will come before Parliament to be voted on.
“As I said before the proposals were announced, whatever the West Lancashire constituency looks like at the next general election, I will continue fighting hard in the best interests of all local residents.
“At a time when our communities are facing cuts to vital frontline services to our schools, to our police and to our National Health Service we must remain focussed on the priorities for hard-working families.”