Big changes planned for Rugby in boundary overhaul

Mark Pawsey - MP for Rugby and Bulkington.
Mark Pawsey - MP for Rugby and Bulkington.

Rugby will be paired with Southam if proposed constituency boundary changes go ahead.

The proposals were published today (Tuesday) by the Boundary Commission for England as part of the government’s plans to reduce the number of constituencies in the West Midlands from 59 to 53.

If the proposals are approved, Rugby - which is currently paired with Bulkington - will lose three of its wards to Nuneaton: Wolston and the Lawfords, Revel and Binley Woods, as well as Wolvey and Shilton.

The town will also gain seven wards from Southam in the Stratford-on-Avon district: Bishop’s Itchington, Harbury, Kineton, Long Itchington and Stockton, Napton and Fenny Compton, Southam North and Southam South.

An early reaction came from Cllr Steve Birkett on Twitter, who represents New Bilton ward on Rugby Borough Council. He expressed his concern over the plans, stating: “New boundary proposals for Warwickshire are a dog’s breakfast. Rugby separated from Long Lawford but joined with Kineton!”