Barbara and many others lined up to speak at a public hearing against Boundary Commission proposals which would leave Salford with only one seat in Parliament. The proposed changes would see Walkden wards split from Worsley and moved into a Leigh constituency with Little Hulton, Irlam and Cadishead.
Also speaking against the changes at the public hearing were Andy Burnham MP, Hazel Blears MP, Cllr David Lancaster, Cllr Ray Mashiter and Salford Council Leader, Cllr John Merry. Manchester Central MP, Tony Lloyd, also spoke against the changes.
“These proposals must be changed. They take little account of community and local ties or of historic links. The proposal to move Irlam and Cadishead into a new Leigh constituency is really impractical – people in Irlam would have to travel 13 miles to Leigh to see their MP and there is no direct road or public transport link to Leigh.
Walkden and Worsley have very strong ties going back to the 12th century which should not be broken. I quoted comments from local people who have told me they do not want to be moved into this new constituency and who feel that these changes are unnecessary and disruptive.
At the hearing the Labour party made alternative proposals which would mean Salford’s two existing constituencies could remain as they are. I strongly support these alternative proposals. There is still time for local people to have their say on these proposed changes and I hope that they write to the Boundary Commission for England or put their views to them in an email or via the Commission’s website.”