Don’t break up Sutton Coldfield – Lib Dem candidates

Sutton Coldfield town sign

The Liberal Democrat candidates standing in the Sutton Coldfield wards in the Birmingham City Council elections on 3 May have issued a joint statement calling on the Boundary Commission for England to keep the historic town of Sutton as a single Parliamentary constituency. The Boundary Commission proposals would see Sutton New Hall ward transferred to Erdington constituency and Kingstanding ward put into Sutton Coldfield.

The candidates, Hugh Duffy (Four Oaks), Lynn Williams (New Hall), Sally Lippiatt (Trinity) and Gareth Hardy (Vesey) say in their statement: "While we understand constituency sizes have to be increased due to the reduction in overall numbers of MPs in the House if Commons, we think it is right to preserve existing constituencies as far as possible. We feel it is important to respect the community ties that exist in our area. New Hall and Kingstanding wards have almost equal numbers of electors and exchanging them is unnecessary in terms of making up the numbers required for new seats. Sutton Coldfield has its own identity and history which are very important to local residents and we believe it is entirely consistent with what the BCE is trying to achieve to leave it as it is. We urge all candidates of all parties to publicly pledge themselves to keeping all the existing wards in Sutton Coldfield in any new Parliamentary seat."