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Updated Plans on 'Devonwall'

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8:16am 16th October 2012

Cornwall gets another chance to have its say over 'Devonwall'.

The Boundary Commission is releasing its new plans for a constituency spanning the Tamar on Tuesday afternoon.

It could mean places like Launceston and Bude sharing an MP with Devon.

Patricia Moore runs a business at Stratton and said town like Bideford are different to rural areas in the Duchy: "It is a full-on working town with the big shops and the big names. Bude is a little independent and I just don't think that one MP would be able to make the break between the two.

"The smaller areas will get sucked in and forgotten, completely forgotten. The bigger areas with more people to do the shouting will get the lion's share of what goes on. I seriously don't think that one MP can cope with that kind of area."

The PM insists a vote will go ahead, even if MPs go against the plans.

North Cornwall's Dan Rogerson said he will do exactly that: "A cross-border seat makes no sense, and neither does a constituency that puts the Wadebridge and Padstow area together with St Austell.

"The Boundary Commission have ignored most of the sensible suggestions that were given to improve upon their starting position. It is a shame that they could not have been more sympathetic to the views of my constituents as they have been expressed to me.

"Whilst the position of the Liberal Democrats on this exercise is clear - that we will vote against the plans to change constituency boundaries - I hope that Conservative MPs in Cornwall and Devon will do the same to kill off this idea once and for all."

8:16am 16th October 2012

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