Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, has responded to the Boundary Commission’s latest proposals to reduce parliamentary constituencies from 650 to 600.
The announcement, which would need Parliamentary approval in October 2018, would see the North East allocation of seats reduce from 29 to 25. Both Stockton North and Stockton South would be abolished, with Stockton and Yarm, Middlesbrough South and Thornaby, and Billingham and Sedgefield’ proposed to replace them.
The people of Teesside will have fewer MPs to represent them in Parliament as a result of the original proposal to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 and that must remain a concern. Whilst I’m saddened to see the Stockton Borough carved three ways, there does at least seem to be some logic to the latest proposals with whole townships contained within respective constituencies. In the unlikely event that the proposals are approved in October 2018, it will be up to the members of the new constituency parties to select candidates for future elections and I look forward to working with them.