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Blundellsands goes into Bootle in boundary shake-up plan

Plans will take tally of city MPs down to four

Written by . Published on September 13th 2011.

Blundellsands goes into Bootle in boundary shake-up plan

BLUNDELLSANDS will become part of Bootle, Walton will take in parts of Kirkby and Prescot while Liverpool will essentially lose one of its five MPs, under new proposals announced by the Boundary Commission today.

Voters in three city wards will be transported into constituencies across the city boundary.

The boundaries of the remaining four city constituencies have been significantly redrawn, paving the way for a political bun fight between the existing five MPs.

Stephen TwiggStephen TwiggThe Liverpool five – Luciana Berger, Maria Eagle, Louise Ellman, Steve Rotheram and Stephen Twigg - are all strong personalities and political big hitters, so who will go is anybody’s guess.

Culture year Lord Mayor Steve Rotheram sees his current Walton constituency dramatically altered, and crossing the city boundary to take in the Netherton and Orrell ward in Sefton as well as parts of Kirkby and Prescot.

Walton is currently the safest political seat in the country, but the shake-up will end Rotheram’s boast of having the only constituency in the country to include two premiership football clubs.

That move will have a major impact on another political heavy, Knowsley’s George Howarth.

Garston and Halewood, currently held by Maria Eagle, disappears to be consumed by a new Huyton and Halewood constituency.The new patch will include Speke, Garston and Belle Vale.

Louise Ellman’s Riverside constituency will be dramatically altered. The patch will stretch from Everton to Lark Lane, but will encroach well into the city.

Wavertree's Luciana BergerWavertree's Luciana BergerWavertree, currently held by Westminster pin-up Luciana Berger will include Mossley Hill, currently part of Louse Ellman’s beat, along with Cressington and Hunts Cross.

West Derby, currently held by Labour’s Stephen Twigg, will now include Anfield, as well as nudging over the boundary to take in Stockbridge Village.

Joe Benton’s Bootle constituency will spread into Liverpool to take in Kirkdale, as well as Crosby and up to posh Blundellsands.

One of the biggest battles will be in Wirral where Wirral South and Wirral West disappear.  Both seats were won in 2010 by rookie MPs, Conservative Esther McVey in Wirral West  while in Wirral South, Labour’s Alison McGovern was the victor by a narrow margin.

McGovern's granddad, Peter McGovern, penned that famous folksy anthem, In My Liverpool Home.

The dog’s dinner constituency will be a new cross-Mersey constituency called Mersey Banks, lovely name but the winner likely to need a hovercraft. It will stretch from Bromborough in Wirral, through Eastham, Frodsham and Helsby, but then taking in the north of river outposts of Hale Village and the Widnes ward of Ditton.

Proposals affecting Liverpool

Liverpool North 76,960: Warbreck, County, Fazakerley, Norris Green, Croxteth, Sefton  ward of Netherton and Orrell, Knowsley wards of Cherryfield, Kirkby Central and Prescot West.

Liverpool Riverside 80,030: Everton, Central, Kensington and Fairfield, Riverside, Picton, Princes Park, Greenbank, St Michaels.
Wavertree 74,983: Wavertree, Childwall, Church, Woolton, Mossley Hill, Cressington, Allerton and Hunts Cross.

West Derby 78,469:  West Derby, Clubmoor, Anfield, Tuebrook and Stoneycroft, Old Swan, West Derby, Yew Tree, The Knowsley ward of Stockbridge.

Huyton and Halewood 77.277: Liverpool wards of Speke Garston, Belle Vale, Knowsley wards of Halewood North, South and West and wards around Huyton and Roby.

Joe Benton's Bootle seat stretches into BlundellsandsJoe Benton's Bootle seat
stretches into Blundellsands
Bootle 73,546:
Liverpool ward of Kirkdale and Sefton wards of Linacre, Derby, Litherland, Church, Ford, Victoria, Blundellsands.

Across the country the number of MPs will be cut from 650 to 600, with 31 English seats disappearing.

In the North West the number of MPs will be reduced from 75 to 68.

The Commission’s proposals will now be open for a consultation period which continues until December 11.  The proposals are expected to be in place from 2013 in time for the next General Election.

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AnonymousSeptember 13th 2011.

Berger should go. She has made greater effort to represent Israel and Climate "Change" than the people of Liverpool. I've seen nothing from her to convince me that she would ever stand up for Liverpool if Labour were returned to power.

I was duped into believing that she wasn't looking at her next move upwards on the greasy pole, and even delivered leaflets for her. But I've sadly, been proved wrong.

A complete let down.

1 Response: Reply To This...
AnonymousSeptember 21st 2011.

Can only agree with the above, heard a lot of the same thing.

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