Polegate MP’s anger at boundary changes

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Polegate and Seaford MP Norman Baker has reacted angrily to revised boundary changes as ‘swapping one bad proposal for another’.

Lib Dem Mr Baker said he would not be supporting the proposals released by the Boundary Commission which he says will see Newhaven split in two and Seaford at the tail end of a stretched out coastal constituency. Last year the Boundary Commission announced new boundaries for the entire country in a bid to cut the number of MPs by 50 and ensure all constituencies are roughly the same size. But after the Boundary Commission was challenged by Mr Baker and letters of objections received the Boundary Commission reviewed its proposals, revealing the new ones this week.

Mr Baker said, “While there are improvements for Lewes, I am very concerned for my constituents in Newhaven and Seaford for which, once again, the Commission has failed to recognise the historical link between the towns and Lewes.

“I also do not believe, and they would be quite right in feeling this, that Seaford residents will be happy being stuck at the far end of a Brighton constituency, and Newhaven residents will have their town cut in half. Frankly, the Commission has swapped one set of bad proposals for another.”