The 2018 Boundary Changes: How Will They Affect the Tameside Area?

An It’s Up The Poll Special Report

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The Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Stalybridge. Image by Ian Roberts, 2008 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

So to quote Ashton-under-Lyne’s (and possibly, Dukinfield’s future MP in 2020) “the cat has been let out of the bag”. Setting the news agenda lately has been the Boundary Commission’s proposed changes to our constituencies. Part of the plans will see fifty job losses by 2020.
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Government Boundary Changes Prompt Green Light for Councillor Cutbacks

Campaigners win right to reduce number of councillors in Tameside by two-thirds

As 2010 saw the harshest spending cuts for several generations in the borough, there is one cutback some voters may well be in favour of seeing. In the local press and on the internet, some people have floated the idea of reducing the number of councillors.

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Possible 2015 Boundary Changes: It’s Up The Poll Special Report

East of the M60’s musings on the proposed boundary changes

Ashton Market (from Town Hall steps)

So, whether we voted in favour of electoral reform or not, we have learnt that the House of Commons would have shafted some MPs any way. Even the 2010 Liberal Democrat Manifesto stated that, with a proposal to abolish 150 seats, albeit with a reformed voting system. Instead, Britons voted against a change from First Past the Post, protesting against its perceived complexity and fearing any loss of seats. Therefore, what we are about to receive is a loss of 50 MPs and an ageing (though seemingly idiotproof) non-proportional voting system. Most of which they said would be in Labour and Liberal Democrat strongholds. Continue reading “Possible 2015 Boundary Changes: It’s Up The Poll Special Report”