Town torn in two?

RIPPED APART: Dewsbury could be split between two MPS in the future.
RIPPED APART: Dewsbury could be split between two MPS in the future.
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DEWSBURY could be split between two MPs under ‘barmy’ plans to merge the town’s existing parliamentary seat with parts of Wakefield.

The whole town has been represented by one MP for decades, but that will end if the Boundary Commission for England’s plan to cut the number of seats is accepted.

It proposes that most of the town shares an MP with parts of Wakefield, Ossett and Horbury in the future.

The rest of Dewsbury would be moved into a new Mirfield constituency.

Dewsbury Labour Party chairman Mike Greetham said the plans were ‘barmy’.

“These proposals make no sense whatsoever,” he said.

This week, people on the town’s streets shared his view.

Brian Holmes, of Bywell Road, Dewsbury, said: “I am totally against splitting the town in two. All they are doing is saving money.”

Patricia Addy, of Staincliffe Road, Staincliffe, said: “We need one person responsible for sorting our town out.”

And former Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik (Lab) said the town was being butchered.

“I think it’s a complete disregard for centuries of history of the town and community,” he said. “It’s an insult to local people and any notion of democratic representation.”

But current MP Simon Reevell (Con) said it would be wrong for him to give his views.

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