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MP urges people to make their voices heard on plans to move some Lichfield voters into Tamworth

People living in parts of Lichfield have been urged to make their voices heard on plans to move some areas of the city into the Tamworth voting area.

The Boundary Commission outlined proposals for Streethay and Whittington to be switched into the neighbouring area last year as part of a raft of national changes designed to even out voter numbers in different constituencies.

Tomorrow (February 28) will see the publication online of all of the responses to the plans – with locals invited to have their say.

Michael Fabricant MP

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant – who branded the original proposals as “nonsense” – said it was important for people to make their voices heard on any potential changes.

“Local residents who don’t want to see Streethay and Whittington shifted out of Lichfield and into the Tamworth parliamentary constituency should scour the website and put in their own evidence and contradict, if necessary, anybody who claims that it is a good idea,” he explained.

“It all seems barking to me. Apart from everything else, when you cross the footbridge at Lichfield Trent Valley station, you’ll be crossing into Tamworth if the changes go ahead.”

Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher, who would represent Streethay and Whittington residents if the proposals are approved, has previously urged residents to speak out about the changes if they feel they should not happen.

He said: “While it is clear that Tamworth constituency is under strength and must become larger taking in more of Lichfield District as we reduce the number of Members of Parliament, it is important to remember this initial proposal is just that – an initial proposal.

“It will not be implemented until a great deal of local and regional consultation and a vote in Parliament has taken place.”

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