Wimbledon campaigners' celebrate after Parliamentary boundary changes relaxed
If re-elected, Stephen Hammond (Conservative) would gain three wards from Kingston upon Thames but lose one to Putney
Wimbledon’s next MP will not lose control of town centre, in revised plans unveiled this morning to redraw the political boundaries.
The Boundary Commission has published revised proposals to constituencies after Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to cut the number of English MPs from 533 to 502.
If the proposals are approved by Parliament, a new seat will be created called Wimbledon and Coombe, which will enlarge the current Wimbledon seat, represented by Stephen Hammond (Conservative) with neighbouring areas of Coombe and New Malden.
A previous plan had suggested creating a Wimbledon and New Malden constituency, which included more areas from New Malden but suggested Mr Hammond's seat would lose Wimbledon town centre.
This provoked a backlash from residents who did not want Wimbledon’s town centre wards, Trinity and Abbey, to become part of an enlarged Mitcham constituency, represented by Siobhain McDonagh (Labour).
In the new plans, the Mitcham and Morden seat be almost unchanged - it would lose no wards and gain Furzedown ward from the Tooting constituency, currently represented by Sadiq Khan (Labour).
Wimbledon Park is still proposed to become part of an enlarged Putney constituency, currently occupied by Justine Greening (Conservative), the International Development secretary.
Mr Hammond said: “The residents in Abbey and Trinity wards deserve this result, I would like to pay tribute to their great spirit.
I was always keen that the Wimbledon Town centre remained the beating heart of the Wimbledon seat.”
Councillor Krystal Miller, Conservative councillor for Trinity ward, said: "It was always odd that a large part of Wimbledon town centre and local landmarks such as Wimbledon Station, Wimbledon Theatre and Wimbledon Leisure Centre were going to be put into the Mitcham constituency.
“Thanks to the 600 local residents who helped with this campaign by collecting petitions or writing letters. This a great reward for their hard work."
Doubt still remains whether any changes will be made with tensions existing within the coalition Government after clashes over House of Lords reform.
What would change?
Wimbledon currently includes half of the London Borough of Merton (10 wards across Wimbledon and Raynes Park).
Wimbledon and Coombe would lose Wimbledon Park (Conservative, reallocated to Putney) and gain Beverley (Liberal Democrat, currently Kingston and Surbiton), Coombe Hill and Coombe Vale (Conservative, currently Richmond Park and North Kingston).
Mitcham and Morden currently represents the other half of Merton (10 wards across Mitcham, Morden and Colliers Wood).
The new Mitcham and Morden seat would gain Furzedown ward (Labour, currently Tooting) Overall, London would lose five MPs, from 73 to 68.