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MK say no to Devonwall
Following the announcement that a new Parliamentary Constituencies Bill has been introduced to the UK Parliament, the Party for Cornwall has called on the UK Government to guarantee that there will not be a Devonwall seat in the future. MK is also calling on this guarantee to be enshrined in the legislation.

MK members were at the forefront of the campaign against a Devonwall seat that was proposed by the Boundary Commission in 2017/2018, but not enacted because of other political pressures on the UK Government.

The previous review had been on the basis of 600 MPs, but this new review will seek to agree new boundaries for 650 constituencies. And because of this government decision not to reduce the number of MPs, we have to be hopeful that a cross-Tamar constituency will not be recommended on this occasion.

However, the proposed legislation does not include a guarantee that Cornwall’s territoriality will be protected and, because there will be a fresh boundary review every eight years, we cannot be sure what the future holds.

By contrast, there are four Boundary Commissions (for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and there will therefore be no cross-border constituencies between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The legislation also identifies four protected constituencies – Orkney and Shetland, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, and the Isle of Wight (2 seats) – because of what the UK Government describes as “geographical necessity.”

Speaking on behalf of MK, Party Leader Cllr Dick Cole said:
“Earlier this month, the UK Government refused to properly acknowledge the significance of the status of the Cornish as a national minority and ignored calls for a Cornish nationality tick-box.

“We now have a fresh Boundary Review in which the territorial integrity of Cornwall is not guaranteed in this review or future reviews.

“The Party for Cornwall will be contacting Cornwall’s six MPs to call on them to seek amendments to the legislation to include reference to a separate Boundary Commission for Cornwall and ensure that Cornwall’s electoral boundary is protected permanently.”
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Published on 4th July 2020.

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