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I've just had an email from Dawn Barnes who is the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Hornsey & Wood Green. Honestly I don't think much of it.
1) Obviously it contains the obligatory, though lengthier than usual with many leading questions, attempt to harvest email addresses in the form of a survey.
2) It accuses the Labour Party of this and the Conservative Party of that, with out quoting the sources of what it is they are said to have said
3) It contains a link to the Boundary Commission consultation on the proposed changes, which is now open for us to comment on other's comments. Dawn gives us no clue as to which comments might be interesting or well formed or influential. She certainly does not pick out the LAbour and Conservative offerings. She could have been a lot more helpful.
I've just tried to use the Boundary Commission look up to find the Islington Labour Party's comments. They are desperate to save JC's seat and their proposals are apparently outrageous. But it's a very difficult search engine to use.
The Huffington Post says the proposals are secret - so that won't have much influence with the Boundary Commission
Politicshome also seems to have some details
I think there is a difference between Labour and Conservative submissions to the boundary commission over Constituency restructuring to the comments made on the consultation. This may not be so but you can't find these supposedly secret suggestions anywhere on the BC website. It seems that Catherine West is opposed to the Labour suggestion, which is a dramatic recasting of constituency boundaries in an attempt to save Islington North which is, of course, Jeremy Corbyn's seat.
There was a hearing in Harrow and another in Romford, both convenient for us, of course, at which comments were made. At Harrow Sheila Peacock (recorded by BC as a member of the public but better known as Labour councillor for Northumberland Park ward said this - as part of a longer submission -
: My name is Cllr Sheila Peacock and I am from 62 Hampden Lane in Tottenham, N17 0AS.
First of all, I would like to thank the Boundary Commission for their initial proposals, which are to keep the constituency of Tottenham intact with the addition of Stroud Green ward. We support this brilliant proposal, and still do.
She goes on to say "We fear that any proposals, such as the counter-proposals forwarded by the Labour and Conservatives to split Tottenham in half would have a severe impact on my local pensioners" - so obviously she has seen them and opposes the proposals - I think Lammy must be daggers dawn over the proposal to sacrifice him to keep Jeremy Corbyn!
Clearly these controversial proposals exist - in the meantime, unless someone here has some inside info - keep reading the submissions and reasonable oppose any that support Stroud Green being merged into Tottenham...