Updated: Apr 17
Local MP, Amy Callaghan, is asking locals if they support radical plans drawn up by the Boundary Commission for Scotland that would split the East Dunbartonshire Constituency in two.
In a survey published on her social-media channels, the local MP said she did not want to be at Westminster “for a moment longer than necessary”, but that the Boundary Commission proposals mattered while Scotland remained part of the union.
Published last week, the plans would split East Dunbartonshire into two new constituencies, creating Kelvin North that would cover Bearsden, Milngavie, Bishopbriggs, Campsie, and Kilsyth, and the separate constituency of Kelvin South which would include Kirkintilloch, Cumbernauld, and Chryston.
Under the plans, Scotland’s number of MPs will be cut from 59 to 57, while Wales will lose 8 representatives and England will gain 10.
Commenting, Amy Callaghan MP said:
“I want to know what you think about these plans. Your responses to my survey will shape how I respond to the Boundary Commission’s consultation. After all, this is your constituency and your views are what matter.
“There’s been fantastic engagement with my survey so far, with 71 percent of people against the proposed changes to our home constituency when ‘don’t knows’ are removed.
“But I’m keen to make sure all voices are heard, so please pop over to my Facebook page and take part in the quick survey before the end of the month.
“Of course, I hope the Boundary Commission proposals are irrelevant to Scotland by the time of the next UK General Election, as we’ll have chosen a new path with the full powers of independence.
“But for as long as we remain in the union, the attempts to reduce the number of Scottish MPs and dilute Scottish voices at Westminster unfortunately do matter.”
You can take part in Amy's quick survey by clicking this link.