THERE was shock as it was revealed an entire constituency may disappear and an MP could be out of a job.
Under the boundary changes Meon Valley will be eaten up by East Hampshire, Fareham and Horndean, and Havant.
George Hollingbery fought hard for the then newly-created seat in the May 2010 elections.
He was not available for interview but in a statement said: ‘The Meon Valley is a wonderful constituency with a great group of people so it seems a shame that, after finally getting its own representation just a few years ago, it now looks likely to be taken away.
‘I understand that many people feel there are too many MPs in parliament and I voted to reduce the number so I must, of course, accept the plan.
‘Today’s announcement though is not a fait accompli by any means and the situation could well change in many ways over the coming years.
‘But, whatever happens, I would like to assure everyone I will continue to represent the Meon Valley to the best of my ability for as long as I remain its MP.’
His constituency currently includes Horndean, Rowlands Castle, Denmead, Waterlooville and Boarhunt.
Ken Tallyn, a resident of the Highfield Estate, in Waterlooville, said: ‘I feel very sorry for him (Mr Hollingbery). He is a new MP and very enthusiastic.
‘As far as I can see he is learning his trade and doing a good job. I just hope that he gets another constituency locally.
‘Moving this area into a constituency with Fareham is totally out of order. I’d feel much happier if we were made part of the Havant ward.’