2023 Review - East of England Jan 15, 2021 15:39:00 GMT
Post by greenhert on Jan 15, 2021 15:39:00 GMT
The boundary review for 2010 noted that because no Hertfordshire constituency had experienced substantial growth during the period of 1993-2002, no major changes were required to any of its constituencies (only one or two wards were moved around between each constituency, if that), so naturally Hitchin & Harpenden was going to survive.
Well, when I was trying, in the NW thread, to get rid of the frankly outrageous current treatment of Sale, other posters put me firmly back in my box on the grounds that (i) the boundary in question already exists, and (ii) it has survived previous reviews, and (iii) both the seats involved are within range; so I should let well alone.
I have reluctantly accepted this.
Well, I'm not saying Hitch & Harp is an ideal seat, far from it, but (i) it already exists, and (ii) it has survived previous reviews, and (iii) it is within range.
A further point is that Harpenden has to go somewhere and its most natural links are north to Luton and south to St Albans, neither of which is a practical proposition. I feel you're breaking its association with Hitchin on the grounds of the indifferent links between the two towns, only to associate it instead with places like Berkhamsted and Tring with which its links are far weaker.
Berkhamsted and Tring arguably have better links to Harpenden than they do to Chorleywood and Rickmansworth; after all, Berkhamsted and Tring used to share a constituency with Harpenden (and Hemel Hempstead). There does need to be a cross-county Herts/Beds seat and the area around Stotfold is the best place to make that crossing given how oversized Mid Bedfordshire and North East Bedfordshire are, hence Hitchin & Stotfold.