I wish to make the following proposals in amendment to the Boundary Commission initial proposals for London region. Proposal B is an alternative to proposals A - the parts of the proposal relating to the boroughs of Brent and Harrow are identical to proposal A, and those relating to Barnet are, I feel, a distinct improvement on the initial proposals as they relate to Barnet. I do accept, however, that the unavoidable run-on of the Barnet part of proposal B into Enfield and Haringey is probably less good in those areas than the initial proposals (although it enables what I feel to be a desirable adjustment along the border between Haringey and Hackney).
A) In the proposed constituencies of Hendon and Golders Green, Brent Central, Kenton and Wembley West, Stanmore and Edgware, Harrow, and Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner:
- instead of the proposed constituencies of Brent Central and of Kenton and Wembley West, there would be differently-configured proposed constituencies of Brent East and Brent West, and all the wards in Brent assigned to them together with the Brent wards of Kingsbury and Welsh Harp, assigned under the initial proposals to Hendon and Golders Green, would be assigned to these two constituencies as follows:
- Brent East would consist of the Brent wards of Cricklewood and Mapesbury, Willesden Green, Roundwood, Dollis Hill, Kingsbury, Welsh Harp, Wembley Park, Barnhill, and Queensbury.
- Brent West would consist of the Brent wards of Stonebridge, Tokyngton, Alperton, Wembley Hill, Wembley Central, Sudbury, Northwick Park, Preston, and Kenton.
- The proposed constituency of West Hampstead and Kilburn, assigned the remaining Brent wards under the initial proposals, would be unaffected by this proposal.
- the Harrow wards of Kenton East and Kenton West, which under the initial proposals are assigned to Kenton and Wembley West, should instead be assigned to the proposed Harrow constituency.
- the Harrow wards of Wealdstone North ahd Wealdstone South, which under the initial proposals are assigned to the proposed Harrow constituency, should instead be assigned to Stanmore and Edgware.
- the Barnet ward of Burnt Oak, which under the initial proposals is assigned to Stanmore and Edgware should instead be assigned to Hendon and Golders Green.
- in order to bring the revised proposed Harrow constituency within statutory limits, either the ward of Headstone or the ward of North Harrow should be split in such a way as to assign between 2802 and 4894 voters instead to Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner. Within the ward of Headstone, an area including Headstone Manor Recreation Ground and the part of the ward west and north of it (which is currently being proposed as a polling district within the ward) seems likely to be within these limits; and within the ward of North Harrow, the area to the west of Imperial Drive and south of the Amersham branch of the Metropolitan line, together with one or other of the part of the ward to the north of the Amersham branch or the part of the ward to the east of Imperial Drive and to the west of the Ridge (these three areas all being proposed as polling districts within the ward) seem likely to be within these limits.
Under this proposal, there would be 71,315 voters in Hendon and Golders Green, 76,856 voters in Brent East, 77,006 voters in Brent West, 72,865 voters in Stanmore and Edgware, between 74,970 and 77,062 voters in Harrow and between 74,970 and 77,062 voters in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner.

The proposal has a number of desirable effects. The Brent ward of Welsh Harp, in particular, has few ties with the Barnet wards assigned to Hendon and Golders Green, being connected to them only by a minor road designed for access to the premises and open spaces along it rather than for through traffic. While the Barnet ward of Edgware is socially similar to the areas of Stanmore immediately to its west, the Barnet ward of Burnt Oak is socially very different and has far more in common with its neighbouring Barnet wards of Colindale North and Colindale South, both assigned to Hendon and Golders Green. The proposed constituencies of Brent East and Brent West would both be fully within Brent. The Wealdstone ward have better connections with their neighbouring wards assigned to Stanmore and Edgware than with those assigned to the proposed Harrow constituency. And each of the specified ward split options represents a firmly demarcated part of the ward concerned with good connections to Pinner.

B) In the same proposed constituencies affected by proposal (A), together with the proposed constituencies of High Barnet and Mill Hill, Finchley and Muswell Hill, Southgate and Barnet East, Enfield North, Edmonton, Hornsey and Wood Green, Tottenham, and Hackney North and Stoke Newington:
- the contents of proposal (A) as they relate to areas within the boroughs of Brent and Harrow, together with the Barnet ward of Edgware, are also to be regarded as part of the contents of this proposal.
- instead of the proposed constituencies of Hendon and Golders Green, High Barnet and Mill Hill and Finchley and Muswell Hill, there would be differently-configured proposed constituencies of Hendon, Chipping Barnet, and Finchley and Golders Green, and all the wards in Barnet assigned to them, together with the Barnet wards of East Barnet and of Brunswick Park, assigned under the initial proposals to Southgate and Barnet East, and Burnt Oak, assigned under the initial proposals to Stanmore and Edgware, would be assigned to these three constituencies as follows:
- Hendon would consist of the Barnet wards of Burnt Oak, Edgwarebury, Totteridge and Woodside, Mill Hill, Colindale North, Colindale South, Hendon, and West Hendon.
- Chipping Barnet would consist of the Barnet wards of High Barnet, Underhill, Barnet Vale, Whetstone, Friern Barnet, East Barnet, and Brunswick Park.
- Finchley and Golders Green would consist of the Barnet wards of Cricklewood, Childs Hill, Golders Green, Garden Suburb, East Finchley, Finchley Church End, West Finchley, and Woodhouse.
- the Haringey wards of Fortis Green, Highgate and Muswell Hill, which under the initial proposals are assigned to Finchley and Muswell Hill, should instead be assigned to Hornsey and Wood Green.
- the Haringey wards of Alexandra Park, Bounds Green, Woodside and Noel Park, which under the initial proposals are assigned to Hornsey and Wood Green, should instead be assigned to Southgate and Barnet East.
- the Enfield ward of Grange Park, which under the initial proposals is assigned to Southgate and Barnet East, should instead be assigned to Enfield North.
- The proposed constituency of Edmonton, while included in this proposal, should remain as in the initial proposal.
- the Haringey wards of White Hart Lane and West Green, which under the initial proposals are assigned to Hornsey and Wood Green, should instead be assigned to Tottenham.
- the Haringey wards of Harringay, St Ann's, and Hermitage and Gardens, which under the initial proposals are assigned to Tottenham, should instead be assigned to Hornsey and Wood Green.
- the Hackney wards of Woodberry Down and of Brownswood, which under the initial proposals are assigned to Tottenham, should instead be assigned to Hackney North and Stoke Newington.
- the Hackney wards of Springfield and of Cazenove, which under the initial proposals are assigned to Hackney North and Stoke Newington, should instead be assigned to Tottenham.

In light of these changes:
- the proposed constituency of Southgate and Barnet East should be renamed Southgate and Wood Green.
- the proposed constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green should be renamed Hornsey and Harringay.

Under this proposal, the numbers of voters in Brent East, Brent West, Stanmore and Edgware, Harrow, and Ruislip, Northwood and Piner would be the same as under proposal (A). There would be 76,513 voters in Hendon, 70,343 voters in Chipping Barnet, 75,761 voters in Finchley and Golders Green, 75,251 voters in Southgate and Wood Green, 76,748 voters in Enfield North, 74,244 voters in Edmonton, 73,758 voters in Hornsey and Harringay, 76,717 voters in Tottenham, and 71,113 voters in Hackney North and Stoke Newington.

The proposal produces a far better pattern of proposed constituencies in Barnet, which match the existing constituencies as well as possible, given changes in ward boundaries and the need for all constituencies to be within statutory limits. Of the proposed constituencies in the initial proposals, High Barnet and Mill Hill attempts to unite two areas separated, except on the proposed constituency's south-eastern boundary, by several miles of green belt - while this would probably be far from the worst constituency created in a boundary review, it is still badly disjointed. The proposal as it relates to Barnet does however have less desirable run-on effects elsewhere - a limited (and fairly neutral) one in Enfield North, which is increased in size by the assignation of a ward assigned to Southgate and East Barnet in the initial proposals, and far greater ones in Southgate and Wood Green, Hornsey and Harringay, and Tottenham. Wood Green is almost certainly a less good fit with Southgate than is East Barnet; the proposed Hornsey and Harringay constituency is very different from either the existing Hornsey and Wood Green constituency or the one included in the initial proposals, including at least a couple of wards which look far more to Tottenham than to Wood Green; although the Tottenham constituency proposed here still contains most of the areas considering themselves as Tottenham. But the wards from Hackney included in this proposal have better connections with Tottenham than the ones included in the initial proposal, which are physically separated, except along Seven Sisters Road, from residential areas of Haringey by Finsbury Park (the actual park, rather than the area around the station) and the Harringay Warehouse District.

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