I have lodged an objection with the Boundary Commission in response to plans that would see the Inverclyde constituency enlarged to include Bishopton, Langbank, Bridge of Weir, Erskine and Inchinnan.
The UK Government tasked the Boundary Commission with re-examining existing constituency boundaries with a view to reducing the number of seats across the UK from 650 to 600. Under the most recent plans a new seat, ‘Inverclyde and Erskine’, would be established.
The latest boundary proposals would increase this size of the seat by 19,000 people, a rise of 32% without any associated rise in staff wages or resources for my office.
My four staff already have a high volume of constituency cases, a problem exacerbated by Inverclyde’s lack of a Citizen’s Advice Bureau and the closure of the Port Glasgow Job Centre. Inverclyde also generates a high number of complex cases because of on-going problems with social deprivation, unemployment and poverty.
My concern is that increasing the size of the constituency by almost a third will put a heavy burden on my staff and greatly reduce the service my office, and that of any future MP for the area, is able to offer constituents. I am strongly opposed to any proposal that would reduce the quality of service any MP can offer their constituents.
I would encourage constituents to make their views known by responding to the Boundary Commission Consultation before the 11th of December.
To view my full response to the consultation please click here.