Barbara will campaign to ensure Salford and towns like Walkden and Irlam are properly represented in Parliament. The area’s representation is under threat from changes proposed by the Boundary Commission. The Commission’s proposals would move Walkden, Irlam and Cadishead and Little Hulton into a constituency called Leigh.
The changes have also been rejected by Andy Burnham MP, the neighbouring MP who would be affected by the proposals.
“These proposals are being made because of the Conservative-led Government’s plans to create new constituencies which cover a target number of voters. Setting a numerical target means that other important factors – like community ties or historic links between areas – are ignored.
The other main problem with the proposed changes is that Salford would be reduced to only one MP under these plans. The new Swinton constituency would be the only one based in Salford. Wards like Irlam and Walkden would be moved into a Wigan constituency called Leigh, while areas like Salford Quays would be added to Manchester city centre in a new Manchester Central constituency.
The Boundary Commission has come up with constituencies which make no sense for Salford. We would be under-represented, with important areas tagged on to constituencies centred in Wigan and Manchester. The people of Salford and all its important towns deserve proper representation in Parliament and I will campaign against these badly drawn proposals.”
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