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Newbury MP responds to proposed boundary shake-up

Richard Benyon says he would be 'gutted' to lose Aldermaston

John Herring

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Richard Benyon

NEWBURY'S MP has responded to proposals that could see Aldermaston ward removed from his constituency. 

The ward could be removed from the Newbury constituency and transferred to John Redwood's Wokingham constituency under proposals to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600. 

The proposal comes from the Parliamentary Boundary Commissions, which is reviewing and recommending the new boundaries. 

Newbury MP Richard Benyon said: "I would be gutted to lose Aldermaston ward because this is a much-loved part of my constituency that I have known all my life and represented firstly as its Councillor and then as MP." 

"While I support the general point of the boundary changes and the intention to reduce the number of MPs, I strongly feel that this should be done in conjunction with House of Lords reform."

Mr Benyon said that he would consult with parish council's and Aldermaston's district councillor, Dominic Boeck, to see what could be done. 

The consultation on the proposals runs for 12 weeks from today until December 5 and can be found on the Boundary Commission’s website  

The commission will make its report and recommendations in September 2018. 

For more reaction see Thursday's Newbury Weekly News. 

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  • owenm

    14/09/2016 - 15:03

    And our MP would still be living just outside the constituency after the changes. Maybe he needs to apply to be Wokingham's MP.


  • Blizzard

    14/09/2016 - 11:11

    I was wondering what that cheering was. I thought it was a football match. It was Aldermaston celebrating "Ding dong the dick has gone"


  • grumpy

    13/09/2016 - 15:03

    Yeah, I think its a good idea, all those places that are nearer to Reading. Pangbourne, Burghfield Common, Calcot... etc.


  • ciderdrinker

    13/09/2016 - 13:01

    Don't think Aldermaston will be gutted to lose Mr Benyon.


    • NewburyDenizen

      13/09/2016 - 15:03

      Can probably say the same of the whole of his constituency at this point.