Big boundary shake-up

Lancaster proposed electoral boundary
Lancaster proposed electoral boundary

CHANGES to Lancaster’s electoral boundary could mean voters in the city centre are represented by the same MP as those more than 30 miles away in Ribchester.

The Boundary Commission’s proposals would also mean Caton, Brookhouse, Quernmore and Lowgill become part of the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency, with the addition of the Lower Lune Valley ward.

Proposals to significantly change Lancaster’s electoral boundary – completely severing ties with Fleetwood, re-introducing parts of Wyre, as well as extending to villages to the north of Preston and swathes of the Ribble Valley – are on the cards.

The Boundary Commission for England is carrying out a review of all Parliamentary constituency boundaries, and the public have less than three months to submit their views.

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, said: “This is the first step.

“There’s going to be all kinds of submissions from communities, and then there will be a judgment on all of those, so it’s very difficult to comment at this stage.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (15-09-11) for full story.