Response to Boundary Commission plans

Responding to this week's new recommendations of the independent Boundary Commission for England, Simon Hughes, the prospective Liberal Democrat candidate and the MP until last year for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, said:

'Around the UK, the basis for the Boundary Commission plans should be the number of voters at the referendum not the lower number last year - but we may not win that battle.

'Locally, the new plans are not perfect but it is great that the Boundary Commission has dropped its last dreadful plans to carve up Bermondsey & Rotherhithe into two different seats, partly with Lewisham and partly with Lambeth.

'Under the new plans announced this week, only a little bit of Bermondsey stays outside this new seat, and the SE1 part of the Waterloo South Bank is added to Blackfriars and the Southwark South Bank.

'Whenever the election comes, Liberal Democrats are ready to win back the seat Labour snatched last year.  The recent local election in Surrey Docks shows our strong local recovery; Liberal Democrats won more votes locally this summer than all the other parties put together.

'We also now have hundreds of new local members and helpers in our team.

'Another Labour MP who has to spend time on the fight in his own party is not what local people need. I will again put local residents first, and challenge the Labour council, the Mayor and the Tory government. We must urgently build hundreds of homes at affordable prices, and provide the transport, training and jobs which our communities need.'