Cumbernauld and Kilsyth's MSP hits out at boundary rewrite proposals

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 21:32 GMT on Friday, 14th September 2012.


SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn has hit out at changes proposed to local constituency boundaries for elections to the Westminster Parliament.

The changes, proposed by the Boundary Commission for Scotland in its Sixth Review of UK Parliamentary Constituencies, published today, would see Cumbernauld and Kilsyth split between two new constituencies, pairing Cumbernauld with Coatbridge North, and Kilsyth with East Dunbartonshire.

In Mr Hepburn’s submission to the Boundary Commission’s review he made the case for retaining the pairing of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and also pairing the towns with parts of the neighbouring East Dunbartonshire area.

Slamming the Boundary Commission Mr Hepburn said: “I am disappointed that the Boundary Commission has failed to take into account the representations made by myself and other regarding Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. Cumbernauld and Kilsyth have been paired together for municipal purposes since 1975 and I believe this has benefitted both communities. I am yet to hear any convincing argument in favour of locating the two towns in different constituencies.”

“It is all well and good for the Boundary Commission to draw lines across the map of Scotland but if any proposed constituency is to be viewed as legitimate then it has to bear relation to pre-existing and well understood ties between communities. The Commission’s proposals for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth utterly fail in that regard.”

“Of course it may be the case that these proposed changes are never actually implemented, with the Liberals at Westminster already signalling their intention to oppose the process that seemed to necessitate the boundary review. As the relationship between the Coalition parties in Westminster becomes ever more fractious it becomes harder to take serious the proposals for the future made by a Government which may not last long enough for them to be enacted.”