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Cross-Mersey constituency ditched
River Mersey - Picture courtesy of FreeFoto.com
A public inquiry recommended the number of constituencies were cut
Controversial plans to merge two parliamentary constituencies across the River Mersey have been abandoned by the Boundary Commission.

The Boundary Commission for England considered joining Kirkdale in Liverpool with Wallasey in Wirral to create one cross-river constituency.

A public inquiry found the number of constituencies needed to be cut from 16 to 15, due to declining population.

The commission decided creating the new division would break local ties.

Party opposition

It has decided to keep an under sized constituency in the Wirral.

In a report it said the fact that the River Mersey divided the two areas earmarked for the merger would be regarded as "a special geographical consideration".

The plans caused widespread opposition, including reservations from the two Labour MPs who would be directly affected, Wallasey's Angela Eagle and Liverpool Walton's Peter Kilfoyle, MP for Kirkdale.

The constituencies' residents also prepared a 10,000-name petition opposing the merger.

The Boundary Commission made its final recommendation on Wednesday morning.

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