As part of the plans by the Boundary Commission for England, they propose for Forest Hill to be part of a new constituency that would include Lewisham West with parts of New Cross and Peckham, but would lose the Penge and Anerley part to a new Beckenham seat.
The constituency would be called ‘Peckham and Lewisham West’ if approved.
This is all part of the scheme to reduce London seats from 73 to 68.
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From my experience the parties of the right, particularly the Conservatives don’t bother to field particularly good candidates. I’ve been completely underwhelmed by them at any hustings I’ve attended. Hard to take any party seriously which in turn doesn’t do the same.
But yes. I doubt it would make much of a difference even if you had Adam Rickett** flashing his six pack while singing I Breath Again outside Sugar Mountain.
** 90/00s pop star and former Conservative approved parliamentary candidate
If only we had some form of proportional representation, then these boundaries would be more than divisions between safe seats where the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
It doesn’t really matter if we lose Penge and gain Peckham. It will be nice to have both sides of Standstead Road in the same constituency, but it is fairly meaningless.
Even better, I think this is the first administrative/political area, in anyone’s living memory, that encompasses all of Honor Oak. The MP will have to deal with two different councils which will be challenging. No bad thing IMO.
For me the real problem is the reduction of MP’s. It’s supposed to be about standardising constituency population sizes, but in areas like ours, where the birth rate has gone up after a period of decline, we run the risk of being under represented in the future, surely?
The 2012 boundary commission proposal was for Forest Hill to be part of a Dulwich and Sydenham seat, which would have seen both sides of the Southwark/Lewisham border represented by one MP.
This would have been really handy for those who use Forest Hill station, but have a local MP who’s constituency covers North Dulwich, Herne Hill, Gipsy Hill, West Norwood and Tulse Hill, which are going to be a higher priority than constituents like me on the Southwark side who use FH and HOP which are in the current Lewisham West and Penge seat.
Good to see the Boundary Commission once again propose the Dulwich & Sydenham option which is a better option that the Lewisham West and Peckham option last considered.
However like most inner London seats, it’ll continue to be a safe Labour seat, although there is a pocket of Conservative support in Village Ward, Dulwich. Wards in SE22 are largely Labour with some Lib Dem support.
Worth noting that Lower Sydenham (Bell Green) won’t be part of this ward and will be part of the new Lewisham and Catford seat with the boundary at Perry Rise.