Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy has hit out at the Boundary Commission for wiping out Mid Ulster in its new plans for Northern Ireland and then refusing to hold a consultation meeting in the local area.
Mr Molloy MP said: “It is not good enough that the constituents of Mid Ulster are to be ignored and dismissed without even a consultation event.
“This constituency has been at the heart of regeneration and forward development. The principal towns of Cookstown and Magherafelt are now being cut apart and deprived of their natural hinterland,” he added.
“Mid Ulster is an historical constituency that has been at the heart of political and economic development for generations. “It was the seat of Tom Mitchel, youngest socialist MP Bernadette Devlin and of Martin McGuinness who turned around political history as Sinn Fein’s chief negotiator - going on to become Joint First Minister.
“Mid Ulster is a central hub and ties in well with Mid Ulster Council, let’s keep the constituency and keep Mid Ulster as a driving force for progress.”