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Mike's Ilford Recorder Column (03/11/2016)

At the Boundary Commission hearing in Romford on Tuesday, I strongly criticised their plan to cut Ilford South into four parts linked to four separate London boroughs, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Newham and Barking and Dagenham.

The Commission has not taken account of community interests or historic relationships. Ilford town centre wards have always been in the same Parliamentary constituency, before 1918 as part of South Essex, after 1918 as Ilford constituency and since 1945 when a separate North and South were created. They propose to link Ilford station, Ilford Bus garage, Cranbrook, Valentines Park and Mansion to Leytonstone but link Ilford Police station, Ilford High Road, Ilford Hospital Chapel, Redbridge Town Hall and Ilford Lane to Plaistow and Green Street, and split the Exchange Shopping Centre into different constituencies with different MPs!

I argued instead for a new Ilford South and Wanstead constituency composed of five wards of existing Ilford South : Cranbrook, Clementswood, Loxford, Newbury and Valentines, the neighbouring Redbridge wards of Snaresbrook and Wanstead and the Newham wards of Little Ilford and Manor Park . This would restore the historic association between Great Ilford and Little Ilford, link both sides of Wanstead flats, put both parts of Aldersbrook in the same constituency and put both sides of Wanstead Park in the same constituency by the joining of Wanstead with Cranbrook.

Most importantly Ilford retains two constituencies, Ilford North and Ilford South and Wanstead

You can make your own submissions through bce2018.org.uk/node/6485 .

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