Let’s have an Ely and Newmarket constituency
I WAS the independent candidate for SE Cambs in the 2010 General Election. I have, therefore, a keen and ongoing interest in the size and shape of the Parliamentary Constituency.
The map that you published (October 25) illustrates perfectly the silliness of the latest proposals for change produced by the Boundary Commission.
Though I understand that SE Cambs is over-large, I would regret very much ‘losing’ the City of Ely and the nearby villages. The Commission’s earlier plan for an Ely and Newmarket Constituency made so much sense with the whole of Newmarket also being part of the re-drawn constituency.
It appears that the Commission has retreated from this sensible plan and, though the latest proposals may please Matthew Hancock, the member for West Suffolk, I see them as extremely disappointing.
It is a fact that Newmarket (presently partly in Suffolk) is surrounded by Cambridgeshire and some areas of the town itself are in two constituencies and under six councils.
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The parts of Cambridgeshire that surround Newmarket are in East Cambridgeshire District Council and, of course, there was an old ‘Newmarket Division’ of Cambridgeshire.
There is much to be learned from history and much to be gained from tradition.
- 1 Jail for 'predator' who raped vulnerable woman in children's play park
- 2 Eight page enforcement notice wrapped round giant cuppa
- 3 Marathon runner passes through Cambs on route to Kathmandu
- 4 Hundreds sign petition in support of pub's cup of positivi-tea
- 5 Fire crews called to stables building blaze
- 6 'It was as if Covid didn't exist' - Latitude-goers report positive tests
- 7 7 of the most expensive houses on the market in Cambridgeshire right now
- 8 Threatening domestic abuser tracked and assaulted ex partner of 10 years
- 9 Handcuffed duo prepare to make London Marathon history
- 10 'Savage' attack left man without spleen
I hope very much that the Boundary Commission can be persuaded to pay due attention to history, tradition and the electors’ best interests.