In a document that has come to light today, it seems that our esteemed MP, Richard Graham, has surpassed himself. The parliamentary Boundary review has been published and he has helped to remove Westgate from the Gloucester constituency and move it to the Forest of Dean. While this is such a blow for Gloucester, the rumour mill thinks that such a move could serve Mr Graham very well!
Westgate Ward can be referred to as holding the Crown Jewels of Gloucester, IE the Cathedral, the Docks, Shire Hall, North Warehouse and other areas that many people associated with the heart of Gloucester. So to lose that is an insane move and really rips the heart and focus of the Gloucester Community right out and discards it as not being important. So much for Big Society and growing communities!
That means that the Gloucester constituency would be as follows (numbers are Voters):
Gloucester BC 76,379 Abbey 7,433 Barnwood 7,514 Barton and Tredworth 6,982 Elmbridge 4,486 Grange 4,544 Hucclecote 7,037 Kingsholm and Wotton 5,277 Matson and Robinswood 7,471 Moreland 7,083 Podsmead 2,169 Quedgeley Fieldcourt 6,666 Quedgeley Severn Vale 5,167 Tuffley 4,550
The Cynic in me thinks that maybe it is realised that the popularity of our MP is declining fast in Gloucester and a move to the Forest of Dean, where Mark Harper is unpopular following the Selling of the Forests issue, and taking a popular Tory Ward could save his political career and it would also mean that he did not have to move his office either!
When this first came to light, I wrote about it and so did the Citizen, in which Richard Graham branded it a “non starter”, yet he was happy to skip through the Lobbies to please his Westminster Bosses. Where was the fight for Gloucester, what about those people in Westgate who are being ripped out? Just what are the priorities here?
- Ripping the heart out of Gloucester – Forest of Dean Cathedral? (barrykirby.co.uk)