North East MSP Mike Rumbles and Westhill & District Councillor Iris Walker are calling on residents of the ward to submit their views to the Boundary Commission consultation to prevent it becoming part of a new UK constituency for Angus.
The Conservative Party want to include Banchory in the Boundary Commissions new UK constituency for Gordon & Deeside in the hope that it will improve their chances to win the seat in 2020. But in a submission to the consultation from Tory peer Lord McInnes of Kilwinning it has become clear that they want to see Westhill moved out of the constituency and into the new Angus & Kincardineshire constituency to even up the numbers.
Mr Rumbles said: “This is a shameless Tory stitch-up and they have to be stopped. They have given no regard to the communities they are chopping up for political gain.
“The Conservative Party have organised a letter writing campaign amongst their members to try and intimidate the Boundary Commission. What they’re asking for is ludicrous and it would mean displacing Westhill and merging it on to the northern edge of the new Angus constituency.
“The current boundary proposals are perfectly reasonable and the commission should not be influenced by the shameless partisan politics of the Conservative party.
Local Councillor Iris Walker added: “It is really important that the people of Westhill have their say. The consultation is only open until 27th March so there is no time to spare.
“Everyone should be able to access their own MP. In rural areas like Aberdeenshire that can often be problematic but if Westhill is moved into the Angus constituency we will lose our political ties to the rest of the Shire and contacting our local MP will become even more difficult.
“I urge everyone in the Westhill & District ward to take a moment over the next two weeks to contact the Boundary Commission and make their views known. ”
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- For information and detail on how to submit to the consultation visit: http://www.bcomm-scotland.independent.gov.uk/2018_westminster/index.asp