Sunday, 30 October 2011

Letter in Shropshire Star: Theory on Objection

Last week, Telford & Wrekin Council announced that their cabinet would be meeting to discuss formally objecting to the proposed creation of a Bridgnorth & Telford South constituency, incorporating Bridgnorth, Much Wenlock, Broseley, Shifnal and Albrighton as well well as most of what is in today's Telford constituency.

The stated reason for the objection was that it would "tear the town in two" but of course Telford is already split across two constituencies - Telford constituency and the Wrekin constituency.  If these two constituencies haven't "torn the town in two", why would expanding the Telford constituency do it?

For the most likely reason for the objection, you need to look at the party political aspect.  David Wright's majority has decreased every election and last election, just 981 votes separated him from his Conservative rival.

The Ludlow constituency, of which the old Bridgnorth district is a part, is traditionally Conservative-voting.  By including those areas in David Wright's constituency, the chances of Labour holding the seat are pretty slim and of course Telford & Wrekin Council is a Labour-controlled council.

Theory On Objection

How interesting that Telford & Wrekin Council is considering a formal objection, on our behalf, to the proposed new Bridgnorth & Telford South constituency on the basis that having two constituencies will tear the town in two.

Telford has been split in two for years with the Telford constituency and the Wrekin constituency and will still be covered by two constituencies under the Boundary Commission for England's plans with the boundary running through Telford largely unchanged.

I'd like to advance the theory the Labour-controlled council is more concerned about lumps of the Conservative-voting Ludlow constituency joining the Telford constituency and depriving the Labour MP, David Wright, of his increasingly slim majority than over Telford being 'torn apart'.

If Telford & Wrekin Council wants to object to the proposed boundary changes it should do it for a valid reason like the impracticality of an MP covering two local authority areas, not party political reasons.

Cllr Stuart Parr