Pendle constituency faces axe in Boundary Commission shake-up

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PLANS to break up the Pendle parliamentary constituency have been announced.

The proposals from the Boundaryu Commission for England are part of the Coalition Government’s plans to reduce the number of MPs to 600 and standardise the size of constituencies.

Under the proposals, Nelson, Colne, Brierfield, Barrowford and their satellite villages will be joined with the Briercliffe, Lanehead, Daneshouse with Stoneyholme, Queensgate and Bank Hall wards from Burnley to form a new constituency of Burnley North and Nelson, with an estimated 74,989 voters.

Towns and villages in West Craven, meanwhile, will become part of a new Ribble Valley constituency stretching from the Forest of Bowland in the north to the outskirts of Preston in the south, with an estimated 73,653 voters.

The plans will now go out for public consultation for three months and revised proposals will be brought forward in 12 months time.