BOUNDARY bureaucrats splashed out more than £125,000 of taxpayers' cash to ignore the advice of one of the country's top barristers.
The Boundary Commission snubbed recommendations made by independent barrister Frances Patterson QC, who was commissioned to write a report on plans to redraw the political map of West Yorkshire.
At stake was the political future of Denby Dale, Kirkburton and Scissett.
The villages, which are now in the Wakefield constituency, were examined to see if they could be put into a new, enlarged Dewsbury constituency.
After a public inquiry last summer Ms Patterson said local opinion was so strong that the boundaries should stay the same.
But the London-based commission completely ignored her report and pressed on with its first proposals.
Now the Examiner can exclusively reveal the cost of the review.
Under the Freedom of Information Act we discovered the commission spent just over £90,000 of taxpayers' cash on advertising the review and asking for people to give their views.
Thousands of people later signed petitions opposing the planned changes after their views had been ignored.
Boundary Commission staff also spent more than £9,000 on accommodation during their investigation and subsequent public hearings.
Ms Patterson was also paid £12,694 for chairing the week-long public inquiry and writing her report.
Transcription fees from the inquiry, which was held in Wakefield's Council Chambers, cost £11,580.
Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik, who will inherit Denby Dale, Kirkburton and Scissett at the next General; Election, said he was shocked by the amounts.
He said: "Most right- minded people will thinks it's a complete waste of taxpayer's money, as well as an abuse and an insult to all those people who took part in the inquiry.
"Somebody must be held accountable for the sham manner in which this whole process has been handled,' added Mr Malik.
"The people who will be affected by the potential boundary changes have been robbed of justice."