How many MPs for Streatham do we want?

The Government plans to reduce the size of the House of Commons by 50 MPs. 

As a first stage, the independent Boundary Commission for England has started on a review of the boundaries of all Parliamentary Constituencies represented by MPs.

The Commission&;s interim proposals were The plans abolish the current Streatham constituency (which it should be noted also includes bits of Clapham, Balham, Brixton Hill and Tulse Hill within Lambeth)

Most contentiously, the Commission proposes to divide the four Streatham wards in Lambeth between three new "borough constituencies" (BC).  

  • Streatham Hill ward would be the easternmost part of the new seat of Clapham Common BC along with bits of Balham, Wandsworth Common and Earlsfield
  • St Leonards ward (west of the High Rd) and Streatham Wells ward (east of the High Rd) would be the central part of Streatham and Tooting BC that would also contain bits of Balham and Norwood in addition to Tooting
  • Streatham South ward (containing Streatham Vale and the area south of Streatham Common) would be the eastermost part of a new Mitcham BC, that would otherwise be wholly a Merton seat.

NB: Despite the reference to "borough", there would be no change to the boundary between Lambeth and Wandsworth councils as a result of this review.

Among people in Streatham who are aware of the proposed change, there has been fairly widespread opposition to the Commission&;s proposals for Streatham because of the disruption it would cause to local community ties and the potential for parts of Streatham to be the "poor relations" in some of the new seats.

I therefore gave evidence on behalf of Streatham Action and the Streatham Society at the Commission&;s public hearing on Monday 31 October. 

 

Keith Hill, the MP for Streatham until 2010, also gave evidence opposing the plans.

There is  a twelve week consultation period and the Commission is still taking comments from the public on the proposals until 5th December.  You can provide feedback directly via their .

An online petition against the proposal is also being independently promoted by - a website recently set up by local residents, which is well worth a read.

 

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<p> Here&#39;s a link to a petition objecting to the proposal to split the fiour Streatham wards across three different constituencies:</p> <p> <a href="http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-our-streatham.html">http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-our-streatham.html</a><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p> There are two letters in the Streatham Guardian this week (3 November 2011) objecting to the proposals:</p> <p> Follow this think (you need to fill in a few details to access the paper - free of charge)</p> <p> <a href="http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?refresh=eW1908Zg4Gn0&amp;PBID=9272ca80-86c7-4cf3-bba9-86a2619898ee">http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?refresh=eW1908Zg4Gn0&amp;PBID=9272ca80-86c7-4cf3-bba9-86a2619898ee</a><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>