Chain aims to protect boundary

Keep Leigh in Leigh campaigners and Save Our Borough campaigners, rear right, protest outside Leigh Town Hall

Keep Leigh in Leigh campaigners and Save Our Borough campaigners, rear right, protest outside Leigh Town Hall

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CAMPAIGNERS aiming to stop planned boundary changes in the borough formed a human chain to register their protest.

The Boundary Commission, which was charged by the Government with reducing the number of constituencies and ensuring they are all representing the same number of people, held a public consultation in Manchester.

And Leigh people who are going all out to prevent the town being divided into three parliamentary constituencies turned out in force.

Leigh MP Andy Burnham, Keep Leigh in Leigh leader Trevor Barton and local campaigner Deborah Murphy all spoke of the importance of retaining the town’s identity under one MP.

Mr Burnham said: “The support has been overwhelming and it was wonderful to see so many people down there putting their views across.”

The campaign has gained cross-party support in Westminster, with all three major political parties agreeing that the town of Leigh should retain a single MP.

Keep Leigh in Leigh chairman Mr Barton has also prepared a government e-petition, which Mr Burnham is encouraging everyone to sign.

Mr Barton said: “It isn’t a question of minor changes, as the Boundary Commission says. They don’t recognise Leigh exists as a distinct identity, which I find absolutely appalling. The people of Leigh have had an MP for 125 years and have always had a unified voice in Parliament.”

Ms Murphy said: “We’ve lost enough of our town over the years and it’s about time we came out and started to fight for it.”