I don't often get to write about politics on this blog, and I know that most of my readers won't really care.. so scroll on :)
There are proposals to abolish the UK parliamentary constituency of mid-Bedfordshire (where I live). The current MP is Nadine Dorries who is fighting a desperate rearguard action to try to get the proposals overturned. However, not everybody supports Ms Dorries and her campaign, and it seems to me that the proposals (outlined here) are a very good thing and should be supported.
The deadline for submissions is 30th March, the email address to send them to is reviews -at- bcommengland.x.gsi.gov.uk - obviously you can send what you like, but this is what I have sent:
I am writing to support the dissolution of the Mid Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency for the following reasons:
1) The current constituency does not represent a cohesive entity. It is merely a rural "filler" between the urban areas to the north and south.
2) The proposed boundaries reflect closely "Travel to Work Areas" and takes into account that the north of the county is more closely affiliated with Bedford, and the south of the county with Luton and Dunstable.
Although there are obviously some compromises in the way the proposed boundaries have been drawn up, it is my belief that the proposals have been made with some care and understanding of the demographics of the area. In my view the proposed arrangements will be much better for the residents of the current Mid Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency, and that the constituency should be abolished and new boundaries should be established based on those proposed.