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WIRRAL AND CITY TO SHARE MP; Historic constituency boundary changes to affect voters.

Byline: MIKE HORNBY

LIVERPOOL and Wirral will share an MP if proposed boundary changes go ahead.

A shake-up in Merseyside would create a new constituency spanning the River Mersey, a report by the Boundary Commission reveals.

It would also lead to the abolition of Liverpool West Derby and other changes in Knowsley and elsewhere in Wirral.

A commission spokesman said: ``The population of Merseyside has fallen over recent years so there has to be change.''

``The proposals will be put out to public consultation until April. If agreed, it is unlikely they will come into force before the next general election.

``We have to complete the review of the whole of England before any changes can be made. That will take another couple of years.''

But plans for the new cross river Wallasey and Kirkdale constituency were already under fire today. Peter Kilfoyle, Labour MP for Walton which covers Kirkdale, called the idea ludicrous.

``The people of Wallasey and Kirkdale have no historical or current connection.

``All that they share is the Mersey Tunnel.''

Most Sefton and St Helens boundaries will not change, but Kirkby will be taken out of Knowsley North and join a new ward called Kirkby and Croxteth which would include much of West Derby.

The biggest changes would take place in Liverpool and the Wirral.

The new cross-river constituency will include Liscard,Seacombe, New Brighton, and Wallasey with Everton and Kirkdale.

Elsewhere,Wirral West will will expand into parts of Moreton with parts of existing Wirral West becoming Wirral South.

Wirral West Labour MP Stephen Hesford said the commission proposals were a ``radical solution''. ``I think we are going to have to go away and look at what the figures mean in terms of what the constituencies will look like. ``The only other way would be for us to lose a constituency in Wirral.''

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