Boundary shake-up may see Tufnell Park switch
Ward in MP Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency could be moved to new ‘Kentish Town and Bloomsbury’ seat
Friday, 11th June 2021 — By Richard Osley
Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn
TUFNELL Park could be lost from Islington’s parliamentary map under proposals drawn up by the Boundary Commission.
The ward currently sits in MP Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North constituency but would be moved to a new “Kentish Town and Bloomsbury” seat – refashioned out of Keir Starmer’s territory in neighbouring in Camden – if the changes go through. The Islington North seat would gain the Dalston ward from Hackney.
The Islington South seat would also see alterations, taking the City of London, which is currently linked to Westminster by the Two Cities constituencies.
On the basis of recent election results, both of the new voting zones would still favour Labour.
Tim Bowden, secretary of the Boundary Commission for England, said the proposals were “just the commission’s initial thoughts”. But he added that there had to be “significant change” to ensure that each constituency complied with a law equalising their size to between 69,724 and 77,062 electors.
An eight-week consultation survey on the proposals has been opened by the commission.