- Conservative councillor Barry Griffiths (Ravenmeols Ward, Formby) says that he has been swamped by people angry at the changes.
said: “The men in white coats need to get a handle on this Boundary
Commission. It is lunatic. I am horrified. I have not met one person
who is for it.” (Formby Times 20.9.11)
- Labour councillor Catie Page (Ravenmeols Ward, Formby) says it is “ridiculous” that Formby was being carved in two.
said: “That means we will have two different MPs. It will cause
confusion and a lot of upset. We are an historic community which the
Tories are tearing in two for their own political advantage. (Formby
- Southport Lib Dem MP John Pugh says:
appreciate that putting all of Formby together with Southport would
appeal to many local residents, but the law does not allow such a large
constituency as that. The Boundary Commission need to listen to
the people of Formby who are saying they don't want to be split."
(Formby Champion 28.9.11)
- Birkdale Lib Dem councillor Simon Shaw says:
1974 Formby was an Urban District Council in Lancashire. As such
it had close connections to Ormskirk and other parts of West
Lancashire. I think there are strong arguments in favour of a Formby
and Ormskirk constituency." (Formby Champion 28.9.11)
- Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson says:
community of Formby is one of the most historic communities in the
region and it is simply bizarre to think it could be arbitrarily split
up by these boundary changes.” (Formby Champion 21.9.11)
- However Bill Esterson MP also says:
to the government’s own rules, there is no way of saving Formby.
The Boundary Commission will not cross county boundaries so plans for a
Formby and Ormskirk constituency are dead in the water.” (Formby
HOWEVER NOTE THE FOLLOWING QUOTE FROM THE CHAMPION:
a spokesman for the Boundary Commission for England said: “While the
BCE proposes to identify constituencies by reference to external
boundaries as far as practicable, it is nevertheless often necessary to
cross these boundaries on order to form constituencies that comply with
the statutory electorate range.
Councillor Simon Shaw said: “Mr Esterson is simply wrong, and it is
rather concerning that he did not check his facts more carefully on an
issue of such concern to his constituents in Formby.” (Formby Champion