Local Tories back Greenwich constituency split
November 8, 2011 by Rob Powell
Proposals to split Greenwich between two different constituencies have received the backing of local Conservatives.
The plan to divide the town between two new constituencies forms part of the Boundary Commission's review, which was initiated by the Government to reduce the number of MPs and make constituencies more uniform in size.
Under the proposals, west Greenwich would join a new parliamentary constituency called Deptford & Greenwich, and east Greenwich would join a new constituency simply called Woolwich.
A statement on the Conservatives website says:
"Greenwich Conservatives would strongly encourage residents to support the Boundary Commission’s proposals which seem to us to strike the right balance and give poorer communities a stronger voice."
Labour's alternative plan would see the existing Greenwich and Woolwich constituency retained, with the addition of the rest of Blackheath and also the Kidbrooke and Hornfair ward.
The closing date to comment on the Boundary Commission's proposals is December 5th.
Councillors respond on Twitter...
Greenwich West councillor, Matthew Pennycook, and Eltham North councillor, Nigel Fletcher, responded to this post via Twitter.