The arbitrary allocation of Queen Edith’s ward to the South Cambridgeshire parliamentary constituency, rather than the Cambridge city constituency, looks even more ridiculous in light of the latest boundary commission proposals, and if you’re at all interested in lobbying the commission to use this opportunity to move us into the city, I’d urge you to use the online form to make your suggestions. Details are below.
The background is as follows. In order to make constituencies roughly equal size, Queen Edith’s ward was, many years ago, allocated to the South Cambridgeshire parliamentary constituency, which comprises all of the villages to the south and west of Cambridge. In terms of “what’s in the city, and what’s not”, Cherry Hinton ward would have been a better choice, as it’s considerably further from the city centre and has more of an out-of-town feel. However, Queen Edith’s was presumably chosen because it’s more to the south of the city than Cherry Hinton, which is to the east. However, this means that locations almost as far into the city as the Leisure Park are deemed to be outside the city in parliamentary terms, and are not represented by the city’s MP. It’s far from ideal.
The current parliamentary constituency boundary review was an ideal opportunity to redress this anomaly, and a few people expressed such an opinion to the boundary commissioners. However, their response (on Page 24 of the report) was as follows:
That, it would seem, was that. Except I don’t think they’ve taken a holistic view, because now they’re also proposing changing the parliamentary constituencies around Cambridge. And the parliamentary constituency to the south of Cambridge, from which one of the wards needs to be pulled, is now proposed as being mainly to the east of the city, rather than the south and west:
With the new constituency boundaries outside Cambridge, the inclusion of Queen Edith’s in South East Cambridgeshire looks really odd. And it is. Now there’s a far more logical reason to move Cherry Hinton into the outlying district, and move Queen Edith’s back into its natural home, Cambridge city. I have written to the boundary commissioners on this point, but you’ll see from their report that they are interested in the volume of representations, so if you’re interested in this subject, I’d urge you to add your views. The closing date is 10 December 2012. And please pass a link to this article to anyone else who might be interested. Adding your views is very quick and requires surprisingly little information, so all credit to the people behind the consultation. Just visit this simple one-page, online form to do so. It’ll only take a few minutes.
It doesn’t matter which party you vote for, this is an impartial matter which should make sense to everyone in Cambridge. Let’s get Queen Edith’s back into the city, and let’s have the city’s MP representing us.