Andrew Griffiths, MP for Uttoxeter, used his Maiden Speech to Parliament yesterday to call for the constituency name to be changed to recognise the importance of Uttoxeter to the region.
“Uttoxeter plays an increasingly important role in my constituency and across the Midlands. As well as being an historic market town with links to Samuel Johnson, it is home to a third of my constituents and makes a huge contribution to the local economy.”
Andrew hopes that the Conservative-led Government’s proposals to cut the cost of politics by reducing the number of MPs by 10% will allow the name Uttoxeter to be included in any new constituency when the boundaries are re-drawn. Currently, the number of voters in a constituency, range from 40,000 to 120,000. The government plans to deliver “fair votes” by making all constituencies the same size.
For too long, Uttoxeter has been airbrushed off the electoral map. I want Uttoxeter to have the recognition it deserves and I have written to the Electoral Commission asking that the constituency be renamed, Burton and Uttoxeter.”