Michael Fabricant says “I very much welcome the Leader of Lichfield District Council’s Motion which will be debated and voted on tomorrow evening. Cllr Doug Pullen is absolutely right to highlight the need for Streethay to remain in the Lichfield Parliamentary Constituency and, if passed, the Council will join the 374 people who wrote to the Parliamentary Boundary Commission opposing the move of Streethay into Tamworth.
“And, I might add, by implication, this Motion rejects the National Labour Party’s insane proposal to split Burntwood from Lichfield and merge it with North Staffordshire while merging Lichfield in with Walsall.”
The Motion before Lichfield District Council on Tuesday 22nd February is:-
‘That this Council:
– notes the Boundary Commission for England’s initial proposals to move the ward of Whittington & Streethay into the proposed Tamworth County Constituency
– recognises the exceptionally strong public support for retaining Streethay in the Lichfield Constituency
– acknowledges the inextricable links that Streethay has with Lichfield, including commuting patterns, schooling, shopping and access to healthcare.
– welcomes the recognition by the Boundary Commission that the splitting of a ward may be necessary to achieve a scheme of constituencies locally that better meets the ‘Rule 5’ statutory criteria
– urges the Boundary Commission for England to exercise its discretion to split the ward of Whittington & Streethay, keeping Streethay in the proposed Lichfield County Constituency, with Whittington moving to Tamworth County Constituency.’