Initial proposals for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries published
The independent Boundary Commission for England (BCE) today launches a 12-week consultation on its initial proposals for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries in England.
The BCE’s extensive consultation, which will include hosting a number of public hearings acrossEngland, will enable people to have their say in the design of the new constituency boundaries.
The review of constituency boundaries is being carried out after Parliament decided that there should be a reduction in the number of constituencies across theUK, and that there should be similar numbers of electors in each constituency. The number of constituencies inEnglandis being reduced from 533 to 502.
Further, every constituency must have an electorate (as at the review date) that is no less than 95% and no more than 105% of theUKelectoral quota of 76641 electors. Simon James, Secretary to the Commission, comments, “Parliament has set clear rules on what we can and can’t do when it comes to developing our initial proposals – BCE was given clear principles and from that starting point we have found a solution that we think best meets Parliament’s rules and now we want to know what people think of our initial proposals.”
Under the BCE’s initial proposals 77 of the existing constituencies are unchanged.
Details of the BCE’s comprehensive consultation process are available on its website and it now encourages everyone to consider what has been proposed before getting involved. The BCE has published regional reports and maps, which are available on its website and in a number of local authority offices and libraries around the country. Meanwhile, Simon James says the BCE is now open to feedback. He continues, “Now that we have published our initial proposals we welcome people’s participation until the consultation closes on 5 December 2011. People can contribute via our website, they can write in or email us, or come and present their views at a public hearing in one of 36 venues around the country between 11 October and 18 November this year”.