Boundary changes facing opposition

GOVERNMENT proposals to reduce the number of constituencies has the potential to change the face of politics in Upper Bann.

The proposals are currently in a period of consultation.

It’s understood the Aghagallon area could be incorporated in the Lagan Valley constituency, while other areas could be transferred to the South Down and Newry and Armagh constituencies.

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said she would “resolutely oppose” any such move.

A spokesperson for the DUP said the party are examining the impact the proposals would have on Westminster and Stormont.

The spokesperson said: “We will be playing a full role in the consultation process and considering the impact these boundaries would have on a Province-wide basis.

“Whilst some parties oppose reducing the size of the Assembly, the DUP does not. We have consistently said there are too many Departments and too many Assembly members.

“We made comprehensive proposals in our 2011 manifesto about reducing the number of MLAs per constituency to four or five and reducing the number of Departments to between six and eight.”