Lewes MP Norman Baker has called the revised boundaries released by the Boundary Commission “swapping one bad proposal for another” as Newhaven will be split in two and Seaford will end up at the tail end of a stretched out coastal constituency.
However, with the Conservatives breaking the coalition contract by failing to support Lords Reform, the Lib Dems have made it clear that they will be opposing the proposed boundary changes.
Under the revised proposals, Lewes will now fall into a new Lewes and Uckfield constituency which will be mostly rural and take in the rural north of Newhaven. However, Newhaven Town and Seaford will find themselves stuck in the far eastern corner of a stretched out coastal constituency which will run from just west of Ovingdean all the way to encompass Blatchington.
Mr Baker said: “While there are improvements for Lewes, I am very concerned for my constituents in Newhaven and Seaford for which, once again, the Commission has failed to recognise the historical link between the towns and Lewes. I also do not believe that Seaford residents will be happy being stuck at the far end of a Brighton constituency, and Newhaven residents will have their town cut in half. Frankly, the Commission has swapped one set of bad proposals for another.
“Notwithstanding that, the simple fact remains that the Conservatives broke the coalition contract by not voting for Lords Reform, so we in the Lib Dems will not be supporting these proposals.”