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Articles: MP name change

Contributed by localrags on Oct 08, 2003 - 09:23 AM

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MP WANTS NAME CHANGED<IMG alt="Gwyn Prosser" hspace=20 src="http://www.localrags.org/images/gwynprosser.jpg" align=left vspace=20 border=1>

A local MP is trying to change the name of his constituency.

Gwyn Prosser, the MP for Dover, wants the official title of his constituency to include the neighbouring town of Deal.

He has applied to the Boundaries Commission for a formal name change.

Gwyn Prosser entered the Commons in 1997 best known as the vanquisher of controversial right-wing Tory MP David Shaw, but has since made his own name as a highly active constituency MP.

Before his election, he was a high profile local councillor specialising in projects to regenerate the regional economy. He has continued to work o­n that issue but has also become a general champion of the needs of the town as a major port. He speaks from experience, having spent many years as a marine engineer.

His interventions in the Commons focus strongly o­n a few key issues, asylum is a particular concern, and he skilfully treads a tightrope of conveying local anxiety to the government while fighting against local scaremongering.

He also speaks o­n the problems of bootlegging and smuggling.

A Labour loyalist o­n other issues, he has a strong personal interest in animal welfare, and has campaigned in support of a ban o­n live animal exports.