Boundaries split plan a 'shambles'
Proposed changes to Leicestershire's political map have been described as a shambles by a senior Labour politician.
The North West Leicestershire constituency could be carved up as part of the Boundary Commission for England's latest proposals to cut the number of MPs in Parliament from 650 to 600.
The commission has launched a fresh consultation on the plans that would see Coalville split off from many of its nearby villages and joined to Keyworth – 24 miles away in Nottinghamshire.
However, Labour spokesman for Coalville, Councillor John Legrys, said he thought the entire process was a "dead duck" after a dispute between the Tories and Liberal Democrats.
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Coun Legrys said: "This seems completely pointless. Nick Clegg has said he won't support these changes because David Cameron would not let him have his way over reform of the House Of Lords.
"Yet the Boundary Commission is pressing on with a process that is costing us money.
"It's a shambles. I'm not sure there is anyone who thinks this is a good idea but the people in the Boundary Commission who tell us Coalville people have more in common with Keyworth, in Nottinghamshire, than they do with people in Swadlincote. It's bonkers."
Tory MP for the area, Andrew Bridgen, said: "I voted for equal-size communities. What is proposed may leave me without a seat but it would be hypocritical of me to then turn round and say I'm not having this because it's bad for me.
"John Legrys calls this a shambles? Is he in Parliament? We are hypothesising on something we won't be voting on for a year. If the Lib Dems abstain or their ministers don't back it, we will still get it through."
A spokeswoman for the Boundary Commission said the political situation in Westminster was not a reason for the organisation to halt its work. She said: "Under the Parliament Act, we have to continue with this review. It will be down to Parliament to decide what they want to do with it.
"Once the consultation has closed on December 10, we will consider the representations received, before making final representations."
It must do this by October 1.
The other major change is the proposal to remove Lutterworth from the South Leicestershire constituency and join it with Daventry in Northamptonshire.