Stirling SNP has called on Stirling’s Tory MP, Stephen Kerr, to support its calls to abandon the current UK Government policy of reducing the number of MPs that Scotland elects to Westminster.
The Boundary Commission has set out revised plans in line with the Tory Government’s aim to reduce the number of MPs in Scotland from 59 to 53. These plans would see the current Stirling constituency cut in two between the city and rural Stirling.
Current proposals would have the northern half join southern Perthshire and the northern half join the north Falkirk area. However, these plans appear to place Torbrex and Cultenhove into the Stirlingshire and South Perthshire constituency – splitting it apart from the City.
The SNP has consistently called on the Tory UK Government to abolish the unelected House of Lords in order to reduce the cost of politics instead of reducing Scotland’s democratically elected representatives.
Commenting, Stirling East SNP Councillor Alison Laurie said:
“In response to the initial boundary recommendations, Stirling SNP submitted an official objection to Stirling City being split in half – however, the revised proposals reek of a box-ticking exercise rather than an attempt to keep communities together.
“It makes absolutely no sense to split parts of Stirling city apart. It simply cannot be the case that Tyndrum falls into the same supermassive constituency as Kinross whilst parts of the Borestone area face being split into two.
“Stirling City and rural Stirling have a shared historical, cultural, social, and economic relationship. We fall into the same local authority area and our Scottish Parliamentary constituency is largely the same. The attempt to call an end to this will find little support amongst residents.
“Stirling’s Tory MP must call on his party’s government in Westminster to put an end to their plans to reduce Scotland’s elected representation and, instead, support SNP calls to abolish the unelected House of Lords in order to reduce the cost of politics.”