Peers vote against Devonwall plans
By Em_Williams | Monday, January 14, 2013, 22:19
Plans which would see the creation of a cross-border 'Launceston, Bude & Bideford' constituency have been blocked by the House of Lords. Peers have today voted against the proposals in order to postpone boundary changes until after the next General Election.
The House of Lords vote, which was won by 300 to 231, now means a boundary review can't take place until 1st October 2018 at the earliest. As a result, the plans could be changed by the next Government after the 2015 General Election.
The Boundary Commission had recommended a cross-border constituency taking in areas of North Cornwall and North Devon as part of proposals to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600.
The plans are still expected to be debated by the House of Commons on 29th January although Cornwall's three Cornish Liberal Democrat MPs Andrew George, Stephen Gilbert and Dan Rogerson have said they will continue to vote against a Devonwall constituency.
Prime Minister Nick Clegg has also said he wants all Lib Dem MPs and Government Ministers to vote against the Conservatives and against the proposals when they come before the House of Commons later in the month.
Commenting on the vote, North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson, who represents the Bude area said:
"There was huge antipathy to the idea of a cross border constituency amongst the people of Cornwall. I am pleased that the issue has been settled in the House of Lords, but the vote in the Commons remains. I hope at all six MPs from Cornwall will vote to discard this idea."