Parliamentary constituencies are set to be reviewed over the next few years. Following the passing of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020 in December 2020, and the publication of the relevant Parliamentary electorate data in January 2021, the Boundary Commission for England has now begun a new review of all Parliamentary constituencies in England.
Parliamentary constituencies are set to be reviewed over the next few years.
Following the passing of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020 in December 2020, and the publication of the relevant Parliamentary electorate data in January 2021, the Boundary Commission for England has now begun a new review of all Parliamentary constituencies in England.
They are referring to it as the ‘2023 Review’, as they are required to report with their final recommendations by July 1,2023.
The review could affect the current constituencies across the Staffordshire Moorlands, Stone (which includes Cheadle), and East Staffordshire areas, as there is set to be a reduction of two constituencies within the West Midlands.
A spokesman explained: “Applying the statutory formula to the electorate figures means the total 650 constituencies will be distributed during the review to the four parts of the UK as follows: England = 543 (includes two ‘protected’ constituencies on the Isle of Wight); Scotland = 57 (includes two ‘protected’ constituencies for specified Scottish islands; Wales = 32 (includes one ‘protected’ constituency on the Isle of Anglesey); and Northern Ireland = 18.
“This Commission has applied the same distribution formula to the English allocation, which results in the following redistribution of constituencies among the English regions for the 2023 Review: Eastern = 61 (increase of three); East Midlands = 47 (increase of one); London = 75 (increase of two); North East = 27 (decrease of two); North West = 73(decrease of two); South East = 91 (increase of seven); South West = 58 (increase of three); West Midlands = 57 (decrease of two); Yorkshire and the Humber = 54 (no change).
“Application of further statutory rules to the published electorate also means that all recommended constituencies must have no less than 69,724 Parliamentary electors and no more than 77,062.”
The BCE will now begin to develop initial proposals for how the new constituencies across England should be drawn up according to this new distribution and the permitted electorate range.
The spokesman said: “We hope to be in a position to publish these initial proposals for public consultation in the early summer, when we will be particularly interested to hear from residents about the extent to which the proposals reflect the local ties in the area.
“We aim to publish a ‘Guide to the 2023 Review’ this spring, which will set out the detail of the process we will follow through the course of the review, and the policies we will follow in doing that work.”
All information is set to be published via the Boundary Commission for England website athttps://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk.
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