Isle of Wight MP praised at conference

By Suzanne Pert

Monday, October 12, 2009

 

Isle of Wight MP praised at conference

Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner.

ANDREW Turner, the Island’s MP, was praised last week from the platform of the Conservative party conference in Manchester for doing a first-class job in representing his 107,000 constituents.

Sir George Young, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, was speaking about Conservative proposals to cut the cost of politics, including reducing the number of MPs by ten per cent.

Sir George pointed out the Isle of Wight is the largest constituency in the UK, with 107,000 registered voters, yet Andrew Turner did a 'first-class job’ in representing them.

The Conservative Party intends to reduce the number of MPs by asking the independent Boundary Commission to set out detailed proposals to ensure constituency boundaries are redrawn so constituencies are 'broadly’ equal in size.

Mr Turner said his instinct was the Isle of Wight should remain as a single constituency.

Reporter: suep@iwcpmail.co.uk

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