Parliamentary Boundary Changes - Nigel Evans Fights for the Ribble Valley

Nigel Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley, has once again petitioned the Boundary Commission to revise their initial proposal and accept the counter-proposal supported by Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The Boundary Commission for England is still in the process of conducting a review of parliamentary constituencies. The initial proposal would replace the Ribble Valley with the Clitheroe and Colne and the North Lancashire constituencies. These constituencies would be without the identities and community spirit which the Ribble Valley currently has.
Speaking from Westminster, Mr Evans said:
“Having looked at the comments people have made to the Boundary Commission, it seems clear to me that the vast majority of people want to see the Ribble Valley stay largely as it is. Of all the submissions made from Ribble Valley citizens over ninety percent are against the initial proposal. All Parish and Town Councils who made submissions want to see it rejected and the counter proposal put in place.
“David Hinder, the Labour Party candidate for the Ribble Valley in 2015, has made a submission on behalf of the Ribble Valley Labour Party. In this submission he makes it clear that he and the Labour party do not have an issue with the Ribble Valley being split apart. This is quite obviously at odds with the rest of the residents of the Ribble Valley. The other comments demonstrate the fact that the separation of the Ribble Valley would be detrimental to its character and its identity. This is clearly something which David Hinder fails to understand.
“The community feel of our area is one of the things which sets apart and so it is something I am fully opposed to being taken away.”
The Boundary Commission’s decision on whether to revise their proposal will be made sometime at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.