Rick Seymour

Whitehaven and Workington Constituency

Here I describe the rational for merging Copeland and Workington constituencies as part of the Boundary Commission’s consultation into the 1st draft of the boundary review following the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2011.

Under proposals put forward by the Boundary Commission would see the both Copeland and Workington constituencies extend inland, including Windermere and Keswick respectfully. Copeland and Windermere would include Lindale on the A590 and High Harrington (next to Workington) which would take 1 hr 30 minutes to drive between, travelling through the Barrow in Furness constituency. It would also mean that the constituency would have a wildly diverse socio-economic makeup, with the needs of the industrial west coast conflicting with the beauty of the Lake District National Park.

Analysis from the Guardian indicates that BOTH Copeland and Workington constituencies will become VERY close marginals, not good for stability of an already uncertain electorate workforce which approximately 30-40% rely on the Sellafield nuclear site.

My solution involves the merging of the 3 main population centres and covers the towns of Maryport, Whitehaven, Workington, Egremont, Ravenglass. This would provide the single leadership surrounding the Sellafield site which a significant proportion of the workforce rely on. It will therefore require the MP to shift their parties view on long term nuclear power and nuclear site & material decommissioning.Whilst I acknowledge that this could make this constituency a “one issue election” it would force transparency on the both the MP and their party on their long term energy policy.Boundaries created with my Boundary Mapping Tool

This Boundary is acceptable to Jamie Reed MP

Other names could be

  • Cumbrian Coast Constituency
  • West Cumbria Constituency
  • Maryport, Whitehaven & Workington Constituency
  • Energy Coast Constituency
  • Sellafield Constituency

Ward list

Arlecdon
Beckermet
Bransty
Cleator Moor North
Cleator Moor South
Clifton
Distington
Egremont North
Egremont South
Ellenborough
Ennerdale
Ewanrigg
Flimby
Frizington
Gosforth
Harbour
Harrington
Hensingham
Hillcrest
Kells
Mirehouse
Moorclose
Moresby
Moss Bay
Netherhall
Sandwith
Seascale
Seaton
St Bees
St John’s
St Michael’s
Stainburn

Total Population = 80314

Map: Crown Copyright Ordnance Survey. Content: Creative Commons BY-ND

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