St Neots: 'I think this could put our town on the map'

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A proposed boundary change would mean the largest town in Cambridgeshire has its own MP.
St Neots: 'I think this could put our town on the map' By Laura Devlin and Alex Pope

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image caption St Neots is to benefit from a £12.8m investment in its High Street and town centre - and could soon have its own MP

For the first time in its 1,000 years of history, St Neots could get its own voice in Parliament as part of a reshuffle of constituency boundaries. What difference could it make for a town that is the largest in Cambridgeshire?

'We need more opportunities for young people'

image caption Alex Hughes believes things are on the up and up for St Neots - and a new MP should seize the opportunities coming its way

Business consultancy owner Alex Hughes was born and bred in St Neots and is one of its biggest fans, describing it as a "beautiful place to live".

"It's perfectly connected and it's got loads of investment going into it, both private and public," says the 32-year-old.

"I think the future is fantastically bright - it's about time St Neots had a voice and it's own identity."

If Boundary Commission's proposal comes to fruition, the town could become a new constituency named as St Neots by 2023, which would see it break away from Huntingdon for the first time since 1997.

Before that, it was absorbed by the now-defunct south-west Cambridgeshire seat, and further back still, in the 1970s and early 1980s was part of the Huntingdonshire constituency which in 1979 welcomed its new MP, John Major.

Major still held the seat during his time as prime minister from 1990 to 1997.

St Neots was originally called Eynesbury and renamed after Saint Neot when his bones were brought there from Cornwall in about 980 AD. It has been represented by the Conservative MP for Huntingdon, Jonathan Djanogly, since 2001.

With the town and its surrounding villages, including Cambourne, Fenstanton, Bar Hill and Swavesey, being the St Neots MP's sole focus, what should they get their teeth into?

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