Boundary commission proposals could see residents in parts of Lichfield voting for Tamworth MP

Parts of Lichfield could be moved into the Tamworth constituency if plans to change boundaries get the go-ahead.

The proposals have made headlines after it was revealed that the likes of George Osborne and Jeremy Corbyn could see their seats in the House of Commons disappear completely.

But some local residents would also see a change with Streethay and Whittington both switched into the neighbouring Tamworth constituency, currently represented by Christopher Pincher MP.

Meanwhile, the Lichfield seat held by Michael Fabricant MP would expand to cover Little Haywood, Great Haywood and Colwich.

A spokesperson said: “We propose to extend the existing Tamworth constituency to include the
whole of the divided Lichfield district ward of Whittington & Streethay within the Tamworth constituency.

“We noted that this change resulted in the electorate of the existing Lichfield constituency falling below 5% of the electoral quota, even after including the whole of the Lichfield
district ward of Hammerwich with Wall in the Lichfield constituency. We therefore propose to include the Stafford borough ward of Haywood & Hixon in the Lichfield constituency.”

The overall picture would see the West Midlands region represented by 53 MPs – six less than at present.

The current boundaries were drawn up after a previous review in 2000.

“Achieving a more even distribution of electors in every constituency across England, together with the reduction in the total number of constituencies, means that a significant amount of change to the existing map of constituencies is inevitable,” a spokesperson for the Boundary Commission for England added.

A public consultation has now been launched which will close on December 5. For more details visit the Boundary Commission website.

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5 Comments

  1. Lich_Ranger

    13th September, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Madness – Whittington and Streethay are part of Lichfield. About time they sorted out these boundaries to reflect the communities MPs serve. It’s not just a matter of balancing numbers of electors. Local council boundaries also need sorting and it would be preferable if ‘coterminosity’ could be achieved. It’s confusing enough out there with this patchwork quilt of overlapping administrative boundaries!

  2. AgitatorofPeople

    13th September, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    The boundary changes will mean that it strengthens Conservative votes in this constituency and gives the strong Tory voting area of Whittington & Streethay to another “Conservative” MP Christopher Pincher, which will increase his majority.
    To see how this rigged this system is towards the Conservative party, one person in the Lichfield constituency does not really have one vote, they have the equivalent of 0.043 votes.
    The power of voters in this constituency is based on the probability of the seat changing hands and its size. While you might think that every vote counts equally, where you live in the UK has a huge effect on your power to influence the election,the average UK voter has 7.14x more voting power than voters in Lichfield (figs: NEF Voters Power Index).
    All this boundary change does is make sure that the Conservative party and its councillors are massively outweighing any other party.
    No different representative voices to raise concerns or have an oversight on what the single Conservative party are doing behind closed doors. Not a healthy political situation (unless your are an MP or Councillor) in what is supposed to be a fair democratic society.
    It’s about time the present voting system was reformed and not fiddled with to help the incumbent government.

  3. JCJ

    13th September, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    HS2 will destroy both Streethay and Whittington as well. Coincidence?

  4. ncs

    13th September, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    The speed with which the new development is progressing I think it’s more likely a case that Lichfield will some become a part of Streethay !

  5. myuncleian

    14th September, 2016 at 10:13 am

    So Streethay is a essential part of Lichfield when it comes to the Local Plan Strategy and the building of 750 homes but just part of some big jigsaw puzzle by the Boundary Commission bureaucrats in London – “Tamworth needs more electorate, we’ll pinch some from Lichfield, oh that means Lichfield needs more, OK we’ll take some from Stafford, and so on” The result is a total breakup of communities. Streethay, part of Lichfield and only a mile away from city centre will have a Tamworth MP and the Haywoods, 15 miles away and on the doorstep of Stafford will have a Lichfield MP. Ridiculous!

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