MP for Chelsea and Fulham writes to residents
Greg Hands MP with a map of the new boundaries
I hope you are well.
I would firstly like to thank all those who submitted responses to the first public consultation of the Boundary Commission’s constituency proposals. Over 500 submissions were made for the Chelsea & Fulham constituency against the controversial proposals by the Boundary Commission.
As some of you may know, the Boundary Commission’s proposals would split Chelsea into Chelsea East and Chelsea West, which has no known geographical basis, either present or historic.
Under these proposals, each of the King’s Road and the Fulham Road, currently all within the constituency of Chelsea & Fulham, would be cut in two. Furthermore, Sloane Square, Duke of York Square and the Royal Hospital would be in ‘Westminster and Chelsea East’, whereas the World’s End, the three NHS hospitals and St Luke’s Church would be in ‘Fulham and Chelsea West’. This would divide the well-knit Chelsea community and our current constituency in a wholly arbitrary manner.
In contrast, the alternative proposal which I have submitted would reunite Chelsea into one, ensuring that the Chelsea community remains undivided and combined into one parliamentary constituency with the entirety of Fulham. The constituency would cover the full length of both the (New) King’s Road and the Fulham Road (bar about 30 yards), which are natural linkages between Chelsea & Fulham.
Furthermore, my alternative proposal would leave the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea with only two MPs, which is the minimum number necessary to fit the quota, and is therefore a better solution than the Boundary Commission's proposal which would divide the borough between three MPs unnecessarily!
For more detail on both the Boundary Commission’s controversial proposals and my alternative proposal, please click on this link.
The next stage of the consultation process has now begun! On Friday 25 February I spoke at a public hearing in Westminster Central Hall to oppose the proposals to cut Chelsea into two. I would now like to encourage all Chelsea and Fulham residents to submit their written views to the Boundary Commission online, in favour of my alternative proposal over the very flawed Boundary Commission’s constituency proposals.
To submit your views, please click on this link.
You have until 4 April 2022, when the second consultation closes.
The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham
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March 7, 2022