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M568 – Re-establishment of Huntingdonshire Motion, Rt. Hon Jammy Duel MP

This house recognises Huntingdonshire as one of the 39 Historic Counties of England and as such believes that it should be re-established as one of the Ceremonial Counties of England.

Until 1974 when it was merged into Cambridgeshire the county of Huntingdonshire had existed largely unchanged for a millenium with it being known to have existed since at least the 10th Century. Huntingdonshire is not, however, the only historic county that was lost in 1974 with others including Rutland, revived in 1997, and Herefordshire and Worcestershire revived in 1998.

Given Huntingdonshire has a history distinct from Cambridgeshire that is as old as England itself, including continuing to maintain its own cricket board independent of Cambridgeshire this house believes the Non-metropolitan District of Huntingdonshire should be reclassified as a unitary authority and have its status as a Ceremonial County restored.
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also that fine upstanding Knight of the Shires, Sir John Major dwells in the aforementioned county.
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****, Jammy beat me to the first meme motion of the term.
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seems very reasonable indeed, aye
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****, Jammy beat me to the first meme motion of the term.
This is in fact not a meme motion, rather an actual issue.

Good motion Jammy Duel, I support it.
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Sure I guess? I'm not going to pretend I know much about this but I see no harm, so unless anyone fancies enlightening me on why this motion shouldn't be given an Aye then it will be an Aye from me.
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****, Jammy beat me to the first meme motion of the term.
No, that one is still up for grabs
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Aye - eläköön vapaa Huntingdonširin kreivikunna

(before the TSR language police start moaning - it means ”long live free Huntingdonshire”)
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I confess I'm not quite sure what this change would do in practical terms.
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Should Peterborough rejoin Northamptonshire too?
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I give this an aye the only thing is there are lots more historic counties that this has occurred to such as Westmoreland. So I find it unfair for only Huntingdonshire to be reinstated.
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(Original post by CatusStarbright)
I confess I'm not quite sure what this change would do in practical terms.
Create on Tory area and one which any party had a chance in.
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i would like to go one step further than the right honourable gentleman and propose the revival of pre-Anglo-Saxon British tribal divisions. Long live the Iceni!
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AYE
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Abstain.

Does not contain a core city so I can't say im all that bothered
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I would be supportive if it was part of the existing county of Cambridgeshire being split into unitary authorities, and as with all local government, elected by a form of PR.

As a motion in isolation, I would not support it.
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I would be supportive if it was part of the existing county of Cambridgeshire being split into unitary authorities, and as with all local government, elected by a form of PR.

As a motion in isolation, I would not support it.
you mean you will only support Huntingdonshire being made a UA if we completely change the local government electoral system?
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Create on Tory area and one which any party had a chance in.
You do realise that is already the case anyway? HDC has been tory controlled since 1976. The only time HDC has not had Tory control was the first 3 years when there were lots of independents, or more likely "independents". The fewest Tory councillors since 1976 was 24 as part of a 40 seat council and as other than that 30 which is the current 52 seat council and has been that way since 2018, but that's only due to a load of "independents" who are actually Tories.

Of course district councils don't quite do everything you've also got Cambridgeshire County Council in there but the Tories have also held a majority there since forever bar a stint of 2013-17 but that was only due to UKIP taking 11 seats off them in the North of Cambridgeshire (including 6 of the 19 Huntingdonshire seats) and 4 "independents" that are actually Tories
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I confess I'm not quite sure what this change would do in practical terms.
Convert HDC into I guess Huntingdonshire Unitary Authority meaning they'd be responsible for a bunch more stuff
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Division, clear the lobby!
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