The new boundaries for the Lichfield Parliamentary Constituency have been finalised today and will apply from the next General Election.
“Until the next General Election, the Lichfield constituency will remain unchanged” says Michael Fabricant. “But at the next General Election, the constituency will be fought on the new boundaries and the MP for Lichfield will then represent the redrawn constituency.
“The change has come about to ensure that constituencies all represent the same number of electors, give or take 5%. The new Lichfield constituency will have 74,942 people entitled to vote based on their nationality and age. While some constituencies have been changed out of all recognition, Lichfield has undergone only two changes: Whittington will be moved to Tamworth as the constituency was too small and Wall will join Lichfield to keep the Ward of Hammerwich with Wall together.
“Originally, the Boundary Commission for England wanted to move the Ward of Whittington & Streethay in its entirety to Tamworth, but after strong objections from the residents of Streethay and myself, the Commission has, unusually, split the ward so Streethay will remain with Lichfield constituency. This is an important and very welcome change to their original report which would have had one half of Lichfield Trent Valley station in Lichfield and the other half along with Streethay in Tamworth constituency.
“I am sad to be losing any part of the Lichfield constituency, but to keep numbers even, I understand why there has had to be this change.
“Reports now have to be laid before Parliament for the three other nations of the United Kingdom using the same rules. As soon as the last report is published – expected before the end of July – the Government is required to submit an Order to the Privy Council within four months of the last report being laid that gives effect to all four Commissions’ recommendations in law. This will be before the end of November.
“But I want to reiterate: up until the next General Election I will continue to represent constituents on the existing boundaries including Whittington” Michael adds.
Lichfield’s new Parliamentary boundaries as from the next General Election.
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