One last big push to help keep Leigh intact

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MAKE SURE your voice is heard!

Hundreds of people have already supported a public protest in the town centre demanding ‘hands off’ the map of Leigh.

And more than 2,000 residents have signed official protest letters, demanding the Boundary Commission for England reverse plans to carve the constituency into three, with many more expected to sign at another protest in Bradshawgate on Saturday (11.30am).

Protest leader Andy Burnham MP is urging residents to make “one last push” by as many as possible attending the Boundary Commission for England’s official consultation meetings at Manchester’s Britannia Hotel in Tib Street, Piccadilly, on Tuesday and Wednesday (October 11/12) between 9am and 5pm.

On Saturday, the Leigh MP will be joined by Leigh Sports Council chief Trevor Barton MBE and Marsh Playing Fields campaigner Debra Murphy on the speakers’ platform.

Mr Burnham said that he has been told that, following the protests, the Boundary Commission is already privately preparing counter proposals to keep the constituency as it is now.

He said: “Leigh people have already been magnificent in showing their disgust about these proposals and their determination to keep Leigh in the Leigh constituency.

“The consultation meetings organised by the Boundary Commission will take the form of a basic public inquiry with notes taken on all the points of objection that are raised.

“And I also see no reason why we can’t achieve the 10,000 letter mark, which was our original objective.”

Letters can be downloaded from and sent to Boundary Review 2011, Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ or to Andy Burnham’s office in Market Street, Leigh.