A correspondent writes:
One benefit of the proposed boundary changes is that there will be 2 coastal towns in the Honiton constituency and not one (Seaton). Parish, with his Somerset farming background and farming interests in Parliament, seemed oblivious to the needs of the coast. Perhaps now Sidmouth is included any future MP might feel the need to balance rural and coastal issues more carefully than heretofore.
Though maybe it would have been more sensible to split the constituencies into “East Devon Rural” and “East Devon Coastal” to allow MPs to concentrate on the very different issues and avoid conflicts of interest.