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MP welcomes boundaries vote result

January 29, 2013 5:28 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake has welcomed the result of today's vote on proposals to redraw the constituency boundaries.

MPs rejected the plan to redraw constituency borders, which would have seen Carshalton and Wallington enlarged as a constituency at the next general elections. The proposal prepared by the Boundary Commission of England (BC) and backed by the Conservatives was defeated in the House of Commons 334 to 292.

Tom Brake said:

"I am extremely happy with the result of the vote. Constituencies cannot be reduced to lines on a map. They represent communities. I have always argued that Carshalton and Wallington are better off together."

"The proposal to split this strong community was against our best interest. There are many issues specific to Carshalton and Wallington. Would an MP who represented part of Croydon wholeheartedly back the campaign to save St Helier Hospital? It is good day for our community."

The plan proposed to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600. As part of the reduction, Carshalton and Wallington would have been extended to include Coulsdon.

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