MP is 'sad' at plans to break up his seat in Golders Green and Finchley

By Dave Speck in Local People

MP for Finchley and Golders Green Mike Freer says he is saddened at proposals by the Boundary Commission to break up his constituency and divide it three ways.

The proposals announced today aim to re-draw the whole of the political map of the nation in order to reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and to make the number of voters in each constituency more equal.

Members of the public have the next 12-weeks to give their views, including on the proposals for the Finchley and Golders Green seat which could be set to lose its Childs Hill and Garden Suburb wards to a new Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in the south.

It would also lose Finchley Church End and Golders Green wards to a newly-proposed Hendon and Golders Green seat, as well as the East and West Finchley wards and Woodhouse ward to a new Finchley and Southgate seat.

Mr Freer, who has held the existing Finchley and Golders Green seat since 2010, said: “These are initial proposals and the final ones may differ significantly. Last time, 60 per cent of the proposals changed post initial suggestions.

“Personally I am saddened to see the seat broken up and I will be arguing that the historic ties many of our communities have are maintained.”

Under the proposals, a new Hendon & Golders Green seat would comprise the wards of Burnt Oak, Colindale, Edgware, Finchley Church End, Golders Green, Hale, Hendon, West Hendon.

A new Chipping Barnet and Mill Hill seat would comprise wards of Cockfosters, East Barnet, High Barnet, Mill Hill, Oakleigh, Totteridge, Underhill.

Secretary to the Boundary Commission, Sam Hartley, said: "Today’s proposals mark the first time people get to see what the new map of parliamentary constituencies might look like. But they are just the commission’s initial thoughts – and during the next 12 weeks we want people to take a look and tell us what they like and don’t like about our proposals.

"Parliament has set us tight rules about reducing the number of constituencies, and making them of more equal size, and we now need the views of people around the country to help us shape constituencies that best reflect local areas. Use our website to tell us what you think, or come along to one of our public events to give us your views in person.’

For more information visit  www.bce2018.org.uk

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