Boundary plan delayed

pLANS to change voting boundaries and reduce the number of MPs have been blocked by the House of Lords.

Peers voted on Monday to delay the boundary review needed to reduce MP numbers until 2018.

Proposed boundary changes would see the creation of a Spen Valley constituency, comprising Birstall and Birkenshaw, Cleckheaton, Liversedge and Gomersal and Heckmondwike wards, with Bradford wards Wyke and Royds.

A Downing Street spokesman said the government would try to overturn the decision when the plans were brought back to the House of Commons.

Mike Wood said he hoped MPs would reinforce the Lords’ decision.

The Spen MP said: “I am delighted that Labour and Lib Dem peers in the House of Lords have succeeded in their bid to start to kill off this boundary review. Any review that would seek to put Batley in Leeds and pair Spen Valley up with seats in south Bradford cannot be taken seriously.”

However Kirklees Conservative leader Robert Light said he was disappointed with the Lords vote.

He said: “Firstly I think everyone agreed that 50 less MPs would be a positive step forward, and secondly, the principle was to equalise the electorate across constituencies.

“Those who have blocked it have blocked democracy.”