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MP urges residents to get involved with boundary review

Gloucester MP Richard Graham wants residents to have their say on the latest Boundary Commission proposals before the consultation closes on 11 December.

The latest proposal is to move Elmbridge ward to the Tewkesbury Parliamentary constituency.

Mr Graham said: "The Boundaries Commission is trying to bring down the cost of politics by reducing the numbers of MPs and equalising the size of each constituency. Some are much smaller than others.

"The trouble with our constituency in this exercise is that Gloucester has grown quickly, and under this plan would have to lose voters.

"Their first suggestion was to propose Westgate residents vote in the Forest of Dean. We saw that one off. Then they proposed Quedgeley residents vote in Stroud. Their latest proposal is for Elmbridge residents to vote in Tewkesbury.

"I don't want any of this to happen, in fact I would rather Longlevens also voted in my constituency rather than Tewkesbury. But the maths means something has to give - if any changes at all go through Parliament."

Mr Graham said constituents have the greatest sway in explaining to the Commission in which constituency they have the strongest links and why. Where you live travel, shop, go to school, work and have a job are all relevant.

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