MP JO’S FEARS FOR BEARSDEN

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MP JO SWINSON has warned that current Westminster boundary proposals could see the views and interests of her Bearsden constituents become ignored.

Plans tabled by the Scottish Boundary Commission (SBC) would see the Bearsden North ward merge with West Dunbartonshire to form a new constituency.

Meanwhile, the rest of East Dunbartonshire would merge with Kirkintilloch, Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie, Twechar and Kilsyth to form East Dunbartonshire and Kilsyth.

The proposals were put forward in a move to reduce the total number of Westminster MPs from 650 to 600 and the SBC has submitted plans to change the electoral boundaries of dozens of Scottish constituencies.

Ms Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, has launched a campaign opposing any move to scythe part of Bearsden off from the rest of the local area.

Fight

The SBC is currently in a phase of public consultation and Ms Swinson has urged locals to support her fight against the Bearsden break-up.

She said: “Splitting half of Bearsden off from the rest of the town and from Milngavie would mean dividing what is a naturally very integrated area — in terms of shops, services, transport and local government.

“With a joint coat of arms and links going back centuries, the shared history and sense of community is highly significant.

“Half of Bearsden would be only a small part of the new West Dunbartonshire and Bearsden constituency, and many people told me they are worried that their views would be marginalised.”

Ms Swinson recently attended a public hearing session in Glasgow to put her views forward. Representatives from the Milngavie, Bearsden North and Bearsden East Community Councils also spoke out against the current proposals.

She also met the Clydebank and Milngavie representative for the Scottish Youth Parliament Ross Greer who labelled the plans as ‘reckless’.

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