Leigh comes out fighting

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POLITICIANS have united to save traditional Leigh.

Boundary Commission chiefs today published the formal responses they have received to their controversial proposals to rip apart and re-arrange the time-honoured Constituency.

And they revealed that the Coalition Government’s national Tory and Lib Dem Parties have officially joined forces with the town’s battling Labour MP Andy Burnham in a top level plea to preserve the existing shape and character of the town.

The Boundary Commission now say that they have received more than 3,500 responses about the Leigh plans.

The statutory ‘secondary consultation period’ will close on April 3 after giving individuals and organisations the chance to submit comments on the representations already made.

The body expect to publish the revised proposals by Autumn with the final decision announced in the summer of 2013.

Mr Burnham said: “I was very proud to hand deliver over 3,500 signed petition letters to the Commission in London and to be able to demonstrate the strength of opposition across the Leigh area.”

People can send written comments to the Commission either by using the online form (consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk), by email [information@bcommengland.x.gsi.gov.uk] or by post 35 Great Smith St, London, SW1P 3BQ.