Caroline Lucas MP responds to boundary change proposals

From Brighton & Hove News


Caroline Lucas has hit out at today’s boundary review proposals, which suggest rejigging all three of the city’s boundaries in a way which could spell trouble for the Green’s chances of keeping her seat.

The Brighton Pavilion seat would be renamed Brighton North and take in the traditionally Labour wards of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, and Tory Woodingdean, and lose its stronghold wards of Regency and St Peter’s and North Laine to a new Brighton Central and Hove constituency.

Commenting specifically on proposed constituency changes in Brighton and Hove, Caroline Lucas said: “While I strongly believe in equal constituency sizes – the proposals in this review for Brighton and Hove are plainly wrongheaded, and plans to reduce the number of MPs will damage, not enhance our democracy.

“In their current state these proposals would merge the heart of Brighton with Hove, places with quite different identities. The proposals would also leave an entire Brighton constituency without a seafront at all – clearly taking away one of the defining characters of the area.

“The idea that any Brightonian’s constituency will be separated from the sea shows a real lack of understanding of our city.

“These proposals are also based on old data from 2015 – rather than reflecting the huge changes to the electoral roll that have taken place this year. In Brighton & Hove we have a particularly high population of students and young people, so to base our constituency boundaries on this old data is profoundly undemocratic.”

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