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New proposals for Parliamentary boundaries will still see people in parts of Lichfield voting for Tamworth’s MP

Updated plans for new Parliamentary boundaries have been published – but some people in Lichfield could still end up having to vote for Tamworth’s MP instead.

The Boundary Commission for England has updated its overall proposals following a consultation.

But the latest version of the plans still has Streethay and Whittington sitting outside of the Lichfield constituency.

The changes are being made as part of a move to reduce the number of constituencies in the West Midlands from 59 to 53. The new boundaries must also contain between 71,031 and 78,507 electors.

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant originally called the plans to revise his constituency as “nonsense”.

He said at the time: “I welcome the principle of these changes. It is wrong that areas like Scotland and London are over-represented in Parliament. Each MP should represent roughly the same number of people. I also agree with the aim to reduce the number of MPs from 650 down to 600.

“However, I do not agree with the Boundary Commission’s plans to put Streethay and Whittington into the Tamworth constituency. For all intents and purposes Streethay is a part of Lichfield and for a corner to be sliced off, including the railway station, and be put in Tamworth is a nonsense.

“I also believe that Whittington looks towards Lichfield and not Tamworth and I for one enjoy the connection between the barracks, the historic home of the Staffordshire Regiment, and Lichfield.”

People are now being invited to have their say on the revised proposals. If they are given the go-ahead they will be implemented in 2022.

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