Thousands could swap constituencies in radical Hackney shake-up
Hackney will be carved up into two new parliamentary constituencies - which will see part of Haringey tacked on to the existing borough boundary – if plans to re-draw the country’s political map get the go-ahead.
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) released its proposals today (Tuesday) to reduce the number of constituencies in the country and equalise the number of voters in each area.
Hackney is currently divided into two constituencies – MP Diane Abbott represents Hackney North and Stoke Newington, while Meg Hillier is responsible for Hackney South and Shoreditch.
But new proposals would see the north and south merged together, with a dividing line intersecting the borough diagonally, and a new area - part of Haringey - being added.
While the Haringey residents would continue to live in the borough of Haringey and use services provided by their own council, their MP would be a Hackney representative.
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A new constituency of ‘Hackney North’ would contain most of what is already in Ms Abbott’s remit, but it would also absorb southern wards Chatham, King’s Park and Wick, as well as Haringey’s Seven Sisters ward, which is currently part of the Tottenham constituency represented by MP David Lammy.
Ms Abbott told the Gazette: “I have discussed this with David Lammy and we’re relaxed about Seven Sisters changing hands.
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“There are really strong community links between Stamford Hill and the area. There is also good transport links. So I am really looking forward to welcoming the people of Seven Sisters, Chatham, King’s Park, and Wick.
“This is a strong Labour seat, and I am really proud to represent the area in Parliament.
“Whatever the final outcome, I will be happy to fight for the people who elect me.”
A new ‘Hackney South’ constituency would continue to house wards such as Haggerston and Hoxton, but it would also absorb wards that were previously considered northern, such as Clissold and Stoke Newington Central.
The consultation on the BCE’s proposals is open until December 5. Anyone who wants to have their say should visit http://consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/.