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'Devonwall is nonsensical' says local MP

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

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NORTH Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson has described a proposed cross-border constituency as nonsensical after the plans were again put forward this week.

The Boundary Commission has published a second and final draft of how the country is to be carved up under plans to slash the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

It includes the so-called Devonwall parliamentary seat – which stretches from Camelford and St Teath up to Bideford.

Liberal Democrat Mr Rogerson urged West Country Tory MPs to also vote against the change.

He said: "A cross-border seat makes no sense, and neither does a constituency that puts the Wadebridge and Padstow area together with St Austell."

Outrage followed the Boundary Commission's previous attempts to redraw the political map last September when the Devonwall seat was first suggested, running from Bude in North Cornwall to Bideford in West Devon.

The proposal brought protests and marches from North Cornwall down to the Tamar Bridge.

Launceston mayor Rob Tremain said this week that, although it would be nice to see the name of the ancient borough included in a constituency name, he was against a cross-border seat.

"I just don't think this cross-border constituency will work. It won't make sense for an MP to be representing people from two counties, some from up in Torridge and others from Tintagel," he said.

Yet, despite overwhelming opposition from MPs and councillors, Government demands to make each seat the same size means a change of plan is virtually impossible.

The Boundary Commission has adopted proposals put forward by the Conservatives to include two more wards in Torridge, Devon – but they say the revision will not "significantly alter the balance and nature of the constituency".

Launceston – the ancient capital of Cornwall – the report says "will be included in the constituency's name so voters from "all areas can identify with it".

However, the proposals are unlikely to go ahead, given Liberal Democrat opposition to the Tory-led boundary review.

Some 18 Devon and Cornwall seats would be reduced to 17. Four constituencies are to be unchanged.

Other notable changes include Hayle being taken into the St Ives constituency and Truro and Falmouth separating.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg vowed to block redrawn boundaries in a House of Commons vote in revenge for rebel Tory backbenchers wrecking his plans for House of Lords reform.

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  • Trudie1960  |  October 19 2012, 8:49PM

    Whilst I dont have the knowledge to discuss the pros and cons of the Devonwall debate and whose interests will be served I do have the knowledge of the variety of the work that MP Dan Rogerson undertakes. Without any malice to any other comments here, as our local MP Dan Rogerson does challenge all sorts of issues for many many many people . He works really hard. And who wouldnt fight for the job that they clearly love, It strikes me that MPs are rather like marmite you either love them or you hate them.

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  • sarajane2010  |  October 19 2012, 3:00PM

    Typical, the only time you see Mr Rogerson commenting on a real issue (not opening a playgroup or wearing a pink ribbon) is when his own self interest kicks in. Typical of the modern Lib Dem party. Well don't worry too much about it Dan, as your political career is finished along with your party. I'll never vote for you again!

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  • roger_angove  |  October 19 2012, 2:56PM

    Mr Rogerson's present North Cornwall constituency would probably become part of the new 'Devonwall'. I fear that his objections may have more to do with self interest than principles.

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  • kernewekonan  |  October 19 2012, 11:08AM

    we will see if cleggy and his flock will have the courage of their convictions over this matter when the time comes. i doubt it very much. he will not want to upset pal davy .