Frank Field MP
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Boundary Commission Proposals

How can we protect the identity of Birkenhead in the new world where Parliamentary seats must be made up of equal numbers of voters (and increased numbers from the last election)? 
That is the task of the Boundary Commission which, last week, transferred part of the heart of Birkenhead, Bidston and St James Ward, into the Wallasey constituency.
For Wirral the Boundary Commission proposed a ‘Conservative’ seat on the Dee side, and three ‘Labour’ seats on the Mersey side, the most southerly extending into Cheshire.  I shall tell the Boundary Commission that I accept the broad sweep of their findings.
The Bidston Ward however comes to within a couple of hundred yards of Birkenhead Town Hall.  It is a nonsense to think that this could ever truly be part of Wallasey.
To make up the numbers, the Boundary Commission has added the Bebington and Upton wards to Birkenhead.  Both wards have a claim to be part of Birkenhead as they were both part of the old County Borough.
But I don’t want to propose anything that damages Wallasey, and for Bidston to be transferred back to Birkenhead, Wallasey’s numbers will need to be lifted. 
Will Wallasey publicly support a rearrangement to put Bidston back into Birkenhead and, in return, take another bordering Ward?
If Wallasey and Birkenhead Labour Parties make proposals to protect the integrity of our two towns then it is likely the Boundary Commission will back us.  If both parties fight for their own corner, it probably won’t.
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