Under the changes recommended by the Boundary Commission Norbury Ward will be part of Croydon Council but will be in a proposed new constituency with parts of Streatham and Mitcham.
The Boundary Commission has been charged with re-drawing Parliamentary constituency boundaries because under David Cameron’s Government Parliament decided to reduce the number of MPs by 50, and to try and have constituencies have as far as possible the same number of electors.
The loss of seats means that from the next General Election (2020) MPs will have more people to represent. For those whose constituencies span across local authority boundaries this will increase the workload of having to keep up to date with 2-3 local authority issues that effect the constituency. In Norbury’s case the MP will have to keep an eye on Croydon, Lambeth and Merton Councils.
The has ben strong criticism of the changes. Leaving aside the projected effect seems to be to increase the number of Conservative MPs and reduce Labour, the main criticism is that the proposals are based on out of date figures, and that 2m people have been left off the calculations.
Another major criticism is that in rural areas with scattered populations the physical area of constituencies will be increased.
For the complete London proposals see
To see the map of the proposed new constituency go to
In terms of what the changes mean for Croydon as a whole, Tom Black, one of the editors of Croydon Citizen has written an analysis at
In terms of Norbury this is an issue for the ward political parties to decide whether to support or oppose the proposals. They will have to be in the new constituency parties that will have to be created and in the Croydon Borough parties.
If the proposal goes ahead then our MP will no longer be Steve Reed, whose Croydon North constituency will be re-drawn. The new constituency will have to have an MP selected. At the moment the part of the Streatham in the proposed new constituency is Chuka Umunna and in Mitcham its Siobhan McDonagh. There will have to be a selection contest to decide which of them (or someone else) will be the candidate for the 2020 General Election