Jamie Reed MP has spoken out to reaffirm his view that the Parliamentary seat he represents belongs to people of Copeland, not to him.
His remarks follow the publication of the proposals of the Boundary Review on the 12th September.
If accepted, these proposals would see the creation of a new constituency of Whitehaven and Workington, which would include much of the Copeland constituency in addition to wards extending as far north as Maryport, and as far east as Clifton.
The proposals also move Keswick into a new Penrith and Solway seat, and see Bootle and Millom join the Barrow and Furness constituency to the south.
Regrettably, these proposals from the Boundary Review fail to take into account the 2 million additional people who have joined the electoral register as a result of the EU referendum.
A consultation period will now follow.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“Representing the people of Copeland in Parliament is a tremendous privilege. As the Member of Parliament I have always taken the view that the seat belongs to the people of Copeland, not to me. As an MP, I am a tenant, not a landlord.
“As such, it is for the people of Copeland to determine whether or not they are happy with these proposals. As the incumbent MP, it would certainly be a wrench to lose the communities in and around Millom and Keswick which it has been, and remains, my privilege to serve.
“These proposals may well be subject to change and are far from perfect. Nationwide, these proposals do not take account of the 2 million additional people who have joined the electoral register as a result of the EU referendum, they do not reduce the ‘cost of politics’ and they may well diminish Cumbria’s voice. All of this is to be regretted.”
You can read more about the Boundary Review here.