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Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:00 pm on 18th November 2016.

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Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay 1:00 pm, 18th November 2016

My constituency is clearly in central mid-Cornwall and no part of it will cross the border, but the people of Cornwall feel strongly about this whether they are directly impacted by the cross-border seat or not. The Minister will know that the matter has provoked strong feelings for many in Cornwall. I acknowledge that that reaction may seem strange and make little sense for people outside Cornwall—many simply view Cornwall as another English county—but the Cornish pride themselves on being different, un-English, and unique in many ways. It is therefore unsurprising that people who do not share that sense of pride and passion in being Cornish do not appreciate how the Cornish people feel. The truth is that this is an emotional reaction to the proposals.

I will admit that I have looked at many of reasons for objecting to the cross-border seat in the current legislation, and there are no reasonable legal arguments to stop it going forward.