Boundary changes could see Brent with five different MPs
Controversial plans will see parts of the borough moves to neighbouring constituencies
The people of Brent could be represented by five different members of Parliament under new plans to change constituency boundaries.
The boundary review is aimed at cutting the number of MPs in the House of Commons and to make the size of constituencies more equal in time for the next General Election in 2015.
But in order to do this fairly, it means scrapping the Brent North and Brent Central constituencies.
Instead, Brent’s Kenton ward would join the Harrow constituency while Fryent and Queensbury wards would join a new constituency called Stanmore.
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Brondesbury Park ward would be taken out of Hampstead and Kilburn and put into Brent Central and the constituency would be renamed Willesden. It would also include College Park and Old Oak wards which are in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
The Labour-controlled Brent North would be renamed Wembley and Perivale and include Tokyngton ward as well as Perivale ward, which is in the Ealing North constituency.
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The controversial plans have got the borough’s current MPs talking about the review which is being carried out by the Boundary Commission for England.
Barry Gardiner (Labour), MP for Brent North, said: “My first and absolute commitment is to the people who voted for me in the 2010 election.
“This includes the three wards which could be taken out of Brent North. I will be totally committed to these wards, just as much as the others, whatever happens. These people need to know they have my full attention. They are not going to be left out.”
Brent has already experienced the effects of boundary changes.
Last year Sarah Teather held onto the new seat of Brent Central when her seat merged with that of Labour MP, Dawn Butler’s.
But Ms Teather, who is also Minister for Children and Families, said: “I am not thinking about the General Election. I am thinking about what the people of Brent elected me to do which is to represent them to the best of my ability.”
Meanwhile Glenda Jackson, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, said the Kilburn High Road would not act as a barrier. She said: “People who live on either side have very strong feelings about that area of London as a whole.
“There is a very strong community spirit and that is something seen in the constituency whatever it is called or whatever its boundaries are.”
The commission wants to hear your views and are inviting people to take part in the 12 week consultation which finishes on December 5.
To find out more visit www.consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk