I welcome today’s the Boundary Commission’s revised proposals, published today, which keep Keyham and Ford in the same parliamentary constituency.
The Commission has rejected the Conservatives’ proposal to move Keyham into Plymouth Moor View. I have argued vocally against moving Keyham, emphasising that Keyham and Ford should be represented by the same MP because of the tragedy experienced by both communities last year.
The Commission has recommended that, instead of moving Keyham, the Beacon Park side of Peverell ward would become part of Plymouth Moor View.
I don’t want to lose any of the communities I represent currently but I recognise that, to comply with the law, Plymouth Sutton and Devonport needs to shrink.
At the Boundary Commission’s public hearing in Exeter in March 2022, I argued that communities affected by the August 2021 tragedy should not be reorganised without their consultation.
I also pushed for Drake’s Island and the Breakwater to be re-included in a Plymouth constituency after the Boundary Commission’s initial proposals excluded them.
The Boundary Commission will submit its final proposals to Parliament by 1 July 2023.