Council opposes proposed parliamentary boundary change

The Ribble Valley. Photo by Suzanne Coulburn. (s)
The Ribble Valley. Photo by Suzanne Coulburn. (s)

Ribble Valley Borough Council has passed an emergency motion opposing a proposed parliamentary constituency boundary change.

The Boundary Commission wants to divide the Ribble Valley constituency between two new constituencies called Clitheroe and Colne, and North Lancashire, in a bid to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

The emergency motion was proposed by Longridge councillor Ken Hind, who urged fellow councillors to reject the commission’s proposal and called on the community to voice their concerns.

While accepting the need to reduce the House of Commons and create constituencies of equal size in the interests of democracy and accountability, the meeting resolved to set up a working group to formulate a response to the proposal and seek the backing of parish and town councils.

The meeting agreed to stress to the Boundary Commission the importance of maintaining the borough in its entirety within the constituency and that the constituency retain its name, Ribble Valley.

The Boundary Commission will consider submissions on the proposed change at a public hearing at the Trafford Suite, Manchester, on October 11th and 12th.

Residents can book a place at the hearing or make their views known at bce2018.org.uk.