Today the Boundary Commission for England will be publishing their initial proposals for new constituencies in England.
The initial proposals for the boundary changes first came under the Conservative- Lib Dem coalition, with the Conservatives pushing for the boundary changes to take place before 2015. However, their defeat in Parliament meant that 2018 would be the earliest time they would be implemented.
The boundary changes will reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 and that all constituencies must have electorates within 5% of the electoral quota (with the exception of four island seats). This is the total number of voters in the UK divided by the total number of constituencies. For the 2018 Review, this means constituencies must have electorates between 71,031 and 78,507.
The figures that are being used to calculate the number of electors in a constituency, however, are not accurate. The calculations are based on a snapshot of the electoral register from December 2015 but since then more than 2 million voters have signed the electoral register. I am concerned there are people locally, and nationally, who are being ignored and left out of the calculations.
In the Yorkshire and the Humber region this means that the existing constituencies will be reduced from 54 to 50. The report shows that the only change that has been made to the Scunthorpe constituency is the addition of Burringham and Gunness, and Burton upon Stather and Winterton. You can see the proposals for Scunthorpe, and the whole of England here www.bce2018.org.uk
You can have your say about these changes by giving the Commission their views on these proposals during the 12-week consultation period, which starts today, either via the commission website or in person at public hearings which will be held at:
13th – 14th October - Leeds
17th – 18th October - Sheffield
20th – 21th October - Northallerton
24th – 25th October - Hull