Last rally to keep Leigh in Leigh

Leigh MP Andy Burnham and Keep Leigh in Leigh campaign leader Trevor Barton at the final rally to protest the Boundary Commission's plans for the parliamentary constituency outside Leigh Town Hall
Leigh MP Andy Burnham and Keep Leigh in Leigh campaign leader Trevor Barton at the final rally to protest the Boundary Commission's plans for the parliamentary constituency outside Leigh Town Hall

LEYTHERS banded together to protest changes to the town’s parliamentary constituency outside the town hall last weekend.

Around 40 people attended the rally, organised by Keep Leigh in Leigh, who are campaigning against changes which would see Leigh divided among three constituencies and the town hall end up in Westhoughton.

Campaign leaders, including Leigh MP Andy Burnham and Leigh Centurions CEO Trevor Barton, handed out template letters for people to send to the Boundary Commission at the rally, which will be the final Keep Leigh in Leigh event before the Boundary Commission’s consultation closes on December 5.

Mr Burnham is hoping to reach his target of 5,000 protest letters being sent from Leigh, and urged anyone who has not yet voiced their opinion on the proposals to do so.

He also paid tribute to Keep Leigh in Leigh’s organisers, and promised that the campaign will continue to ensure Leigh has one voice in Parliament.

He said: “It was a smaller turnout for this rally than the first one we held, but it was still a good event.

“We also think we are getting very close to the 5,000 mark in protest letters, and we are very pleased about that.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported Keep Leigh in Leigh. The town has really rallied round and come together, and I’m very grateful to everybody for that.

“I’m also very proud of the way Leigh has led from the front on this issue and have provided a model for other towns to follow in protesting the proposed changes.

“If the Boundary Commission doesn’t listen now it really would be outrageous, and if they don’t I will not let the matter rest there, and we will keep fighting.”