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Cumbernauld MSP condemns Boundary Commission's proposals

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 09:55 GMT on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011.

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JAMIE Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth has condemned the Boundary Commission of Scotland's proposed changes to the Westminster Parliament constituencies. 

The proposals which were announced last week would see Cumbernauld and Kilsyth separated and made into two different UK Parliament constituencies.

Under the proposed plans the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East seat will be binned and Cumbernauld would merge with part of Coatbridge to form "Cumbernauld and Coatbridge North" whilst Kilsyth, Croy and Kirkintilloch East would become "East Dunbartonshire and Kilsyth." 

The new plans, which have been laid out before Government, are part of a plan to reduce the number of Scottish MPs from 59 to 52. 

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Commenting on the proposals, local MSP, Jamie Hepburn said: “People in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, and the surrounding communities, will be rightly concerned at these proposals, which ride roughshod over the historic and traditional identities of the two towns.  

“Keeping certain communities together within particular boundaries is not just for sentimental reasons, but for very practical reasons it is the best way to deal with shared social, economic and environmental issues. 

“I am absolutely opposed to these proposals and I will make my objections to them absolutely clear in my submission to the Boundary Commission.”

The current proposals are now up for public scrutiny, with a consultation process being held for twelve weeks, until 4th January 2012.

For more information you can visit the Boundary Commission for Scotland's website.  

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