Voters can make up their own minds

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IN straitened times, with ever-increasing utility bills, fuel costs, and train fare increases, not to mention uncertainty about pensions and employment, our MP Greg Barker thinks it is time for a campaign.

He feels so strongly about the initial proposals of the Boundary Commission with regard to the Bexhill and Battle constituency and our part of the south-east that he wants to organise a campaign against them.

The obvious point about political boundaries is that they are all entirely artificial.

I have as much in common with the residents of Polegate as I do with the residents of Heathfield.

It is extremely unfortunate that an MP, who is paid from public funds, feels it appropriate to organise a campaign against the recommendations of a public body funded by the Cabinet Office when such issues should be seen to be separate from mere party politics.

I note that Mr Barker appeals to people regardless of political affiliation to join him.

Well, even better, why not encourage people to make up their minds as individual?

Mr Barker is only one of thousands when it comes to this decision.

Obviously, if we do have new constituency boundaries for the next election, there will need to be a competitive selection process so that Conservative Party members can choose a candidate.

Mr Barker will probably wish to put his name in the hat.

Perhaps he should consider that an MP should be able to see the advantages for his constituents in any boundary changes.

I would have thought that he would have relished the chance to put forward his plans for the future.

I am sure that other candidates would have interesting things to say as well. There are many advantages in this process.

I hope that people make up their own minds.

MARK SIVYER

Gunters Lane

Bexhill-on-Sea