Council to debate plans now unlikely to happen
CITY councillors are to debate how to respond to plans for a shake-up of Plymouth's political map – even though the changes are unlikely ever to happen.
Earlier this autumn the Boundary Commission published proposals to create a new constituency of Tavistock and Plympton, and modify the existing Moor View and Sutton and Devonport constituencies.
Councillors will debate the boundary changes at their meeting today.
The overhaul of electoral boundaries is aimed at slashing the number of Westminster seats by 50 down to 600, and iron out discrepancies in constituency electorates.
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But it is unclear if the proposals will go ahead after the Liberal Democrats led by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg pulled the plug in retaliation for the Conservatives refusing to back House of Lords reform.
Members of Plymouth City Council, meeting today, will decide whether to make any representations to the Boundary Commission for England.
Under the changes to the initial proposals the two Plymouth constituencies will each swap a ward.
It is proposed to move Eggbuckland ward from the new Plymouth Devonport constituency to the new Plymouth Sutton constituency, with St Peter and the Waterfront ward moving in the opposite direction.
The proposed constituency of Tavistock and Plympton will be made more Plymouth facing and focus on the Plymouth travel to work area. The revised seat will lose Okehampton to the north, while gaining Ivybridge and Wembury/Brixton wards in the South Hams.
Plymouth Devonport will have about 77,000 voters from the wards of Budshead, Devonport, Ham, Honicknowle, St Budeaux, St Peter and the Waterfront, Southway and Stoke.
Plymouth Sutton's 72,800 voters will come from: Compton, Drake, Efford and Lipson, Eggbuckland, Peverell, Plymstock Dunstone, Plymstock Radford, and Sutton and Mount Gould.
Tavistock and Plympton will have nearly 80,000 voters from Moor View, Plympton Chaddlewood, Plympton Erle, Plympton St Mary, Bickleigh and Shaugh, Cornwood and Sparkwell, Ivybridge Central, Ivybridge Filham, Ivybridge Woodlands, Newton and Noss, Wembury and Brixton, Yealmpton, Bere Ferrers, Buckland Monachorum, Burrator, Lydford, Mary Tavy, Milton Ford, Tamarside, Tavistock North, Tavistock South, Tavistock South West, Thrushel, and Walkham.
Gary Streeter, the MP for South West Devon, said there was an 80 per cent likelihood that the boundary reforms would not happen.