Watford MP encourages residents to comment on proposed boundary changes

Richard Harrington MP is encouraging residents to take part in a consultation by the Boundaries Commission on proposed changes to the town’s parliamentary constituency.

Under the current proposals, Woodside, Leavesden and Abbots Langley would move to the St Albans and Hemel Hempstead constituencies, and South Oxhey would now be in the Watford constituency.  

This review follows Parliament’s decision to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK to 600 from 650, and to ensure an equal number of electors in each constituency and reduce the cost of politics.

An initial 12-week consultation was held in the autumn last year, giving the public the first chance to view and comment on BCE’s plans. Since then, some changes have been made, and Mr Harrington welcomed that Carpenders Park will be kept in the Watford constituency under the current proposals.

Richard Harrington, MP for Watford, said: 

“The Boundary Review is taking place to reduce the cost of politics and equalise the size of constituencies so that everyone's vote has equal weight, which is only fair. The Independent Boundary Commission will be consulting for the next eight weeks and I want to encourage people to respond and make sure they have their say on what they want the Watford constituency to look like. Nothing has been decided yet and I will be looking at the proposals closely, and making representations to the Commission.”

The deadline to formally respond to the current proposals is Monday 11 December. Visit www.bce2018.org.uk to leave your comment.