J.G.Harston & Liberal Democrats
Helen Jackson MP, arguing that local history in the area should be ignored, claimed that Stannington and Hillsborough should be in Penistone. Labour councillors from Barnsley agreed with this, amending their original Penistone submission to match Sheffield Labour's. Barnsley LibDems and Parish Council representatives stated that East and West Ecclesfield should be in Penistone.
Representatives from Crosspool Forum made a strong argument that Crookes should be in Hallam. Representatives from Broomhill Forum made a strong argument that Broomhill should be in Hallam. There was no representation from anybody mentioning Nether Edge. Upon being asked if it would be an acceptable solution if both Crookes and Broomhill were in Hallam, at the expense of Nether Edge, they both agreed.
The Labour Party representive put their submission at this point. They emphasised that Handsworth should not be split up, and that Manor & Castle should be in Central. The Conservative representative picked apart their arguments that Stannington and Hillsborough should be in Penistone. Labour also argued to move away from electoral parity and give Rotherham exactly three seats instead of 2.75 seats. The Conservative representative argued against this, arguing that electoral parity should be adheard to, giving Rotherham 2.75 seats.
There was representation from a member of the public that Central, Burngreave and Manor & Castle should be in Central constituency.
In light of the strong arguments that Handsworth should not be split, I proposed an amended version of my initial model, on my website at mdfs.net/User/JGH/Docs/ParlReview/jghB.htm.
This incorporated Labour's and the Conservative's desire for their proposed South-East constituency and Heeley constituency, as supported by representation from the Darnal and Handsworth areas. It also incorporated my prefered Penistone constituency (supported by the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives and representatives from Parish Councils) and my prefered Hallam constituency (all but one ward the same as that supported by all respondants). It also was able to incorporate both Crookes and Broomhill in Hallam, so satisfying both Crosspool and Broomhill Forums and residents.
The sacrifice is the inability to place Walkley in the same constituency as Hillsborough and Stannington. It does keep Stannington and Hillsborough together and Southey, Firth Park and Shiregreen & Brightside together, implicitly supported by all parties.
The Conservatives then gave their presentation. They attacked Labour's attempts to ignore electoral parity in Rotherham and Barnsley. They also attacked Labour's assertion that Hillsborough had enough in common with Penistone to be included in the same constituency. They argued that electoral parity should be adheared to in Rotherham giving it 2.75 seats, and for the Pensitone seat as originally proposed by the Commission and supported by all respondants except the Labour Party.
The Conservatives then pointed out that my proposal had many strong features they would be satisfied if it was adopted. They accepted that Stannington had strong links with Hillsborough, and that putting Broomhill in Hallam instead would be acceptable. They also pointed out that my model satisfied all of Labour's arguments, except for their argument that Hillsborough should be in Penistone.
In summing up, the Conservatives recommended adoption of their initial proposal with Stannington in Hallam. They then stated that the believed that my proposal better fitted the city, best took account of all the representations received, and involved the lowest number of electors moving to different constituencies. They recommended that if the Commission did not adopt the Conservative model that my model should be adopted. They also reminded the Commission that Labour were arguing for a break in electoral parity in Barnsley and Rotherham.
I summed up by reminding the Commission that my proposal addressed all the representation heard over the last two days:
I reminded the Commission that the arguments in the Conservative's original proposal (supporting the Boundary Commission) described the good bus links between Hillsborough bus station and Southey, Firth Park and Shiregreen & Brightside.
Update, 08-Apr-2005: In a radio interview today is was mentioned that the boundary review for England as a whole is likely to be ready to present to Parliament in Spring 2006.