Last chance for London Colney to say if they want to stay in St Albans constituency

PUBLISHED: 13:28 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:45 24 November 2017

The proposed new boundaries include London Colney moving into Hertsmere, and the Watford suburbs of Woodside and Abbots Langley moving into the St Albans constituency. Credit: Ordnance Survey.

The proposed new boundaries include London Colney moving into Hertsmere, and the Watford suburbs of Woodside and Abbots Langley moving into the St Albans constituency. Credit: Ordnance Survey.

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London Colney has one final chance to say if it wants to stay in the St Albans constituency.

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has launched its final consultation on changes to Parliamentary constituencies in England.

The changes are intended to take effect at the 2022 election, and could mean London Colney becomes part of the Hertsmere constituency.

Secretary to BCE Sam Hartley said: “It’s crucial we hear from people in Hertfordshire. We are calling on your local knowledge to inform our recommendations for changes to Parliamentary constituencies in England.

“This is your last chance to have your say; we have already had two consultations, therefore this time we’re really looking for any new and compelling evidence that we haven’t already considered.”

BCE’s review follows a decision by Parliament to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

Their review has suggested London Colney goes into Hertsmere, and the Watford suburbs of Woodside and Abbots Langley go into the St Albans constituency.

St Albans MP Anne Main said: “I am very unhappy at the Boundary Commission’s proposals, as my loyalty is to those areas not just in the current constituency boundaries but also to those, such as London Colney, that are within the district boundaries.

“London Colney is a part of St Albans district. For over a decade I’ve worked for people in London Colney, forming close relationships and strong bonds, and it makes absolutely no sense to create orphan wards in neighbouring constituencies.

“Rebalancing our democracy in this way is vital to ensure people are better represented.

“However, I will be making strong representations to keep London Colney in the constituency.”

Leader of Herts County Council David Williams said: “It’s important Hertfordshire residents have a say in the proposed changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries, as these changes may affect your local area.

“It will only take a few minutes to share your thoughts.”

You can view the proposed changes at www.bce2018.org.uk using the interactive map, by which people can respond to the consultation.

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