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October 18, 2011 4:16 PM

Head and shouldersLocal MP Mark Hunter has criticised Labour Party calls for Cheadle Hulme to be split into two at the next General Election.

At last week's Boundary Commission hearing in Manchester - the official process for redrawing the parliamentary constituency boundaries - Labour submitted their proposals to take the Cheadle Hulme North council ward out of the Cheadle parliamentary constituency. Under the shock plans, the northern part of Cheadle Hulme would be placed in the Stockport constituency alongside Brinnington, Stockport Town Centre, and the Heatons.

This would be the first time in history when the village and neighbourhoods of Cheadle Hulme would be split in this way, and separated from Cheadle village itself. Mark Hunter MP gave evidence at the Boundary Commission hearing where he called for minimal change and specifically criticised the Labour plans as "ludicrous".

Cheadle Hulme North Councillors John Pantall, Paul Porgess, and June Somekh have also criticised the plans, backing the Lib Dem submission to the Boundary Commission which would keep the community together.

Commenting, Mark said:

"I was deeply shocked when I found out about these proposals - Cheadle Hulme is one village and one community - it must stick together.

"The links between Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme can be traced to the Domesday Book and must not be sacrificed now just because it suits the Labour Party.

"You simply cannot cut up communities like this, picking and choosing what-goes-where - I believe this is bound to be unpopular with local residents.

"Cheadle Hulme must remain united and I will be working hard alongside local councillors to make this case."