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MP Helen Whately faces losing seat in boundary shake-up

Tuesday 13th September 2016

The MP for Mid Kent Helen Whately could find her constituency disappear by the time of the next elections in 2020.

A boundary review sees her seat as one marked for abolition as the number of MPs is reduced from 650 to 600 in plans drawn up by the Boundary Commission.

The popular and often outspoken Mrs Whately, 40, has a massive 16,500 majority.

She said: “I'm honoured to represent Faversham and Mid Kent. It's a glorious constituency, stretching from the historic market town of Faversham, across the North Downs, to the low weald, Headcorn and Boughton Monchelsea.

"I hold my surgeries in beautiful medieval villages like Lenham and Bearsted, and in new community centres built to support growing populations on the edges of Maidstone and Faversham. Some of the pleasure of the job is representing such different communities and being an advocate for all my constituents.

"It's sad that the Boundary Commission's draft proposals would split up the Faversham and Mid Kent constituency - but the rationale behind the review is to make all parliamentary constituencies a similar size, so each person's vote carries the same weight.

"There is now a consultation period, so people can give their views on the proposals. Meanwhile, I will keep on working hard for everyone across Faversham and Mid Kent.”

Labour leader Jeremy corbyn could also find his seat wiped off the political map in north London, although he said he is confident of remaining as an MP if they come into force.

 

Formner Chancellor George Osborne, MP for Tatton in Cheshire, may also find his seat abolished.

A final decision will be made after public consultation in 2018.

 

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