Shake-up moves Poulton to Fylde

Poulton would move into Fylde under the changes ' putting it under the control of Mark Menzies instead of Ben Wallace.
Poulton would move into Fylde under the changes ' putting it under the control of Mark Menzies instead of Ben Wallace.
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PLANS have been revealed for a dramatic shake-up which puts Wyre market town Poulton in the constituency of Fylde for the next election.

The Independent Boundary Commission today published details of the proposed parliamentary seats across England, which could see the total number of MPs cut by eight per cent.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Fylde MP Mark Menzies

The scheme would see Poulton fall under control of Fylde MP Mark Menzies.

But Lancaster and Fleetwood looks set to be the most affected, losing the port but taking on large swathes of the current Preston North and Wyre consituency.

MP Eric Ollerenshaw told The Gazette: “I will remain the MP of Lancaster and Fleetwood until the next general election and I will continue to represent Mr and Mrs Fleetwood.

“This is only an initial map – they have got to listen to the views of people. Any elector can make comments on this and then it has got to go through Parliament. There is a long way to go before this becomes the official map. I’m carrying on as normal.”

Preston North and Wyre MP Ben Wallace

Preston North and Wyre MP Ben Wallace

The Boundary Commission has also proposed changes to Blackpool South after deeming “the electorate of the existing constituency is too small” it would now take on wards around central and north Blackpool.

Gordon Marsden MP said many issues in the resort were universal so he would have no problem taking on more areas.

He added: “They have had a very complex process to go through, they have produced some interesting results for our area. We seem to be less affected than other areas.

“I have had a broad interest across the whole of Blackpool. A lot of the issues – such as coastal issues and employment – we take up are relevant in other wards. These are part and parcel of what an MP of Blackpool represents.”

Paul Maynard

Paul Maynard

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said he would not comment until he had taken advice on the moves.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies and Preston North and Wyre member Ben Wallace were unavailable.

The scheme will be subject to extensive consultation over the next two years – but it gives a glimpse of the boundaries the 2015 general election could be fought under.

In England, 31 seats are set to disappear altogether.

It could leave the North West region down by seven seats to 68.

MPs whose constituencies could be abolished will have to find another seat to contest if they wish to remain in Parliament.

There will be a 12-week consultation period from today until December 5.

In its report, the Boundary Commission for England said: “We encourage everyone to use this opportunity to contribute to the design of the new constituencies – the more public views we hear, the more informed our decisions will be.”

How the Fylde would be drawn up

THE proposed changes to constituencies would affect wards across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

BLACKPOOL SOUTH

It is proposed to extend the constituency north to incorporate the Blackpool wards of Claremont, Layton and Warbreck, which are currently contained in the Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency.

BLACKPOOL NORTH AND CLEVELEYS

This constituency will be reconfigured to stretch north along the coast to incorporate Fleetwood and inland to include Thornton.

The proposed name for the constituency is Blackpool North and Fleetwood, which is similar to the constituency of the same name that existed prior to the last review.

FYLDE

If the proposals get the go ahead, the Fylde constituency will increase in size. It is proposed to stretch Fylde north to include Poulton.

LANCASTER AND FLEETWOOD

This constituency would no longer contain the port but would instead expand to incorporate many wards currently included in the Wyre and Preston North constituency, in addition to wards from the west of the Ribble Valley.

PRESTON NORTH AND WYRE

Wyre will see Poulton taken up by Fylde and a large number of wards in Over Wyre and north Lancashire taken over by the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency, which would then be re-named.