David Burrowes MP has warned the Boundary Commission threatens to ‘rip the heart out of Enfield Southgate’.
Labelling current plans a Halloween nightmare, Mr Burrowes said ‘we have 1 month left to have our say, and ensure that this doesn’t become a reality’.
The Boundary Commission currently proposes scrapping Enfield Southgate as part of plans to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600. The constituency would be dismembered, and its wards dispersed across 5 constituencies.
Mr Burrowes has labelled the plans ‘a bad deal for Enfield’, adding that it would not be in the best interests of Enfield’s residents to be represented by 5 different MPs. ‘The real risk of these current proposals is that these MPs will only have a minority interest in Enfield’ said Mr Burrowes.
Monday saw the Save Our Southgate Campaign pack out a Boundary Changes public hearing, breaking the record for the largest number of speakers supporting one constituency.
Representatives from the Chalk Lane Area Residents Association, Grange Park Residents Association, Winchmore Hill Residents Association, Enfield Town Residents Association, Fox Lane District Residents Association, Southgate District and the Civic Trust as well as local Councillors and residents were in attendance.
Previous hearings have received cross party support, with Labour Councillors Bambos Charalambous and Jansev Jemal along with Chipping Barnet MP Rt Hon Theresa Villiers joining forces to support proposals to retain Enfield Southgate.
David Burrowes MP said ‘I am pleased that so many community representatives and local politicians from both political parties have come together united in our opposition to the initial plans which would break up and splinter Enfield Southgate. There is overwhelming cross party, and cross community opposition to the Boundary Commission initial plans. It now needs to listen and ditch a plan which would dismember and disintegrate the constituency.’
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