Final Boundary Commission recommendations a set back for democracy - Molloy
Francie Molloy MP has expressed disappointment at the final Boundary Commission recommendations which have seen a total reverse of the original proposals in favour of constituency boundaries remarkably similar to those proposed by the DUP.
The Mid Ulster representative stated,
“It’s hugely disturbing that the Boundary Commission, despite a huge response from the nationalist community throughout the consultation, have abandoned their earlier proposals in favour of a version that is remarkably similar to DUP’s proposals.
“Earlier this year nationalists were outraged at the effect of the reversal in its position by the Boundary Commission. The Commission has yet to explain the rationale or reason for this, a failure that can only lead to further unease and suspicion.
“Among other things, the reviewed map aimed to divide Dungiven into three constituencies, a huge concern for local residents who worried about the confusion this would mean in terms of representation.
“Whilst the final recommendations have reversed this, Dungiven will be in one constituency, Sperrin, Dungiven is in North Derry, so this will mean separating it from the natural hinterland of Limavady and surrounding villages.
“It is clear the nationalist responses to the consultation have been ignored and this report could lead to an increase in the number of constituencies with no nationalist representation, either at Westminster or Assembly level, and potentially re-instating a Unionist majority at Stormont.
“Fifty years on from the civil rights campaign, the suggestions of gerrymandering are unavoidable."