Sinn Féin to submit over a thousand boundary consultation responses
Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has today announced that he, alongside the party’s 7 Belfast MLAs, will submit approximately 2,000 responses on proposals by the Boundary Commission to redraw constituencies at the Commission’s offices on Friday at 12pm.
The West Belfast MP said:
“Sinn Féin will be delivering around 2,000 consultation responses from residents in Belfast in opposition to the revised Boundary Commission proposals.
“There has been widespread anger across the nationalist community at the radically revised proposals brought forward recently by the Boundary Commission from its original set of proposals.
“The new proposals from the Commission are strikingly similar to DUP proposals made in a submission in 2017 and the Commission has failed to explain why it abandoned its own original proposals and the criteria it used then to bring forward its own plan.
“Under the new proposals tens of thousands of nationalists will be disenfranchised. That is unacceptable and undemocratic.
“Sinn Féin has been calling on the public to make their views known on the new proposals and are calling for an end to the use of Rule 7, the so-called ‘gerrymander rule’, which is not on the statute book in Britain and which allows the Commission to go under or above the average electoral quota.
“This effectively means that not all votes will carry equal weight.
“Sinn Féin’s campaign against these proposals began in earnest last week with the launch of our submission.
“A public protest was held in Dungiven at the weekend to highlight the absurdity of this small town being carved up into three constituencies, with three MPs and 15 MLAs.
“We will continue to engage with the public through our grassroots campaigning efforts, and encourage the public to make their voice heard on this issue.