For the next general election the number of MPs is being cut from 650 to 600. While most of us welcome that, it does mean that some constituencies are going to disappear and many of those remaining will have more electors. The Boundary Commissioners have now published their report and are proposing changes to the Sutton Coldfield and Erdington boundaries.
Birmingham Erdington will expand and gains the electors who live in Castle Bromwich ward of Solihull Borough. Erdington also gets Sutton New Hall ward from Sutton Coldfield. Sutton Coldfield itself gets Kingstanding ward from Erdington in compensation and will now consist of Four Oaks, Kingstandng, Trinity and Vesey wards. This arrangement splits up the historic Royal Borough area. The Boundaries Commission have to try and equalise the number of voters in every Parliamentary constituency without regard for local authority or former political boundaries. But at the last set of local elections, Kingstanding and New Hall wards had very similar numbers of electors. We have to wonder where is the logic in swapping these wards between the two seats and so undermining local people's long-standing sense of civic identity in Sutton Coldfield?
Local Liberal Democrats are taking soundings concerning these and other changes in and around Birmingham and will participate in the discussions leading to a formal response. Tell us what you think by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org