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New Kilburn constituency plan “absurd”, says MP

Boundary Commission publishes latest review

20 October, 2017 — By Chloe Livadeas

The planned Kilburn constituency 

KAREN Buck MP has branded new constituency boundary changes published this week as “absurd”.

The Labour member for Westminster North would have her seat transformed into “Kilburn”. It follows a review by the Boundary Commission aiming to reduce the overall number of MPs from 650 to 600.

Ms Buck has been MP for 20 years, first for Regent’s Park and Kensington North and Westminster North since 2010. She told the Extra: “I remain on the broad view that reducing the number of MPs makes no sense. I doubt it will ever happen. And it’s absurd to call what is almost entirely a North Westminster seat ‘Kilburn’.”

The initial plans proposed that the Westminster North constituency be split into one called Queen’s Park and Regent’s Park.

Objections were that this would split Kilburn in two and be “divisive”, a report from the Boundary

Commission said. The new constituency would take Kilburn ward from the current Hampstead and Kilburn constituency.

Ms Buck does not believe this would make things any fairer, and added: “At some point it needs to be recognised that in inner cities, constituencies such as mine have almost twice as many residents as there

are on the electoral register.”

Cities of London and Westminster constituency, currently held by the Conservative Mark Field, would see added wards, St John’s Wood, Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury, and the removal of Bayswater.

If approved the new boundaries are due to come in before the 2022 election

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