853 blog has been sifting through the boundary changes to MPs constituencies predicted by Democratic Audit, to see what the future could have in store for South East London politics as the government attempts to reduce the number of MPs to around 600. One of the most significant changes forecast is the merging of much of Nick Raynsford (Greenwich) and Joan Ruddock's (Deptford) patches, including Brockley and Telegraph Hill wards.
A new Greenwich and Deptford seat would run from the Telegraph Hill ward in Lewisham borough across to Greenwich borough’s Peninsula ward. Essentially, it would mean the current Lewisham Deptford seat, held by Labour’s Joan Ruddock, expands east to take in Greenwich and Blackheath.
The new boundaries ought to make the seat slightly more marginal than Ruddock's existing stronghold. Will it make political life more interesting? And will an MP with responsibility for Greenwich and the peninsula have much time for Brockley and Deptford? What do you think?
In this model, Ladywell would be lumped together with Lewisham, Lee and other wards up to Grove Park and Downham.