The Southport Parliamentary constituency looks like staying intact after a motion to delay the Boundary review until at least 2018 was withdrawn from the House of Lords this week. This move has been widely-seen as the Conservatives in government admitting defeat on the matter which will leave things as they are.
One result of this move will be the retention of the current Southport constituency, which has been battled between Conservatives and Liberals for 150 years but has become a Lib Dem stronghold over the past generation, with John Pugh MP securing a 6000 strong majority in the 2010 General Election.
Southport Liberal Democrat Chair, Councillor Tony Dawson said:
“This is good news. It would be senseless for more public money to be wasted on considering changes which will never happen.
“Not only does this make Southport safe but it prevents the ridiculous splitting of Formby between two constituencies.”
The Liberal Democrats nationally have withdrawn support for the boundary review, which was related to a proposed national reduction in the number of parliamentary seats, because the Tories went back on their promised support for making the House of Lords more democratic.