Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox said there are ‘more important things’ to focus on than new election boundaries.

The MP for Torridge and West Devon is ‘disappointed’ in plans for a ‘Devonwall’ constituency.

Proposals were released on Tuesday by the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) for a Bideford, Bude and Launceston seat.

But Geoffrey Cox said it should ‘not necessarily’ be assumed the proposals will go through.

“I will say that I am disappointed that the commission has resorted once again to the flawed notion of a hybrid Devon-Cornish seat,” he said.

“I believe it is not desirable to have a constituency that straddles the divide.

“These two counties are very distinct and have strong separate identities.

“I believe combining parts of the two counties in one constituency would give rise to competing pressures.

“Ultimately, while he or she would do their best, it would be very difficult for an MP to reconcile these wholly different and sometimes conflicting interests.”

The new constituency would stretch from Port Isaac Bay to Bideford Bar and comprise of nine wards currently in North Cornwall and 18 currently in Torridge and West Devon.

The remaining five Torridge district wards not included would be incorporated into a revised Central Devon constituency.

Mr Cox added: “The previous proposals released a few years ago came to nothing and there is a fair chance that this will happen again.

“However, just over one year after the General Election there are more important things to focus on in the interest of my constituency, such as pushing forward on rural broadband; ensuring that the proposed redesign of our health services produces a fair and reasonable outcome for our communities, and ensuring the Brexit deal and the new national policies which will replace EU competences are good for the UK and for Torridge and West Devon.”

Following the consultation, the responses will be published and a secondary consultation will take place in spring 2017.

After final consultations, BCE will report back to the government in September 2018.

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