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Plans to redraw Solihull's political map broadly unchanged

Radical plans to transform Solihull’s political map remain almost unchanged - with the most contentious elements surviving unscathed

RADICAL plans to transform Solihull’s political map remain almost unchanged - with the most contentious elements surviving unscathed.

This week the Boundary Commission published the latest version of proposals to redraw parliamentary constituencies across the country.

Only the plans for Caroline Spelman’s Meriden constituency have changed in any way from those that were announced - to widespread derision - last September.

Knowle would now remain in the constituency, with plans to take on Water Orton and Coleshill from North Warwickshire abandoned. But the wards of Blythe and Dorridge & Hockley Heath would still be shunted into an all-new Kenilworth & Dorridge constituency and Castle Bromwich subsumed into Birmingham Erdington. In return, the second city’s Shard End area would move into Meriden.

Solihull, held by Lib Dem Lorely Burt, would still lose half of Shirley to Dorridge & Kenilworth, while gaining Sheldon.

The plans, which would not affect council boundaries, have been broadly condemned by all political parties in the borough.

But it remains uncertain if the shake-up - designed to give each constituency a similar-sized electorate - will go-ahead.

Lib Dems have said they will not support the plans and without this, their coalition partners, the Conservatives, are unlikely to get the changes voted through. Parliament will vote on the proposals next year.

 

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