England gains 10 MPs in boundary review – while eight constituencies in Wales are set to face axe
England gains 10 new MPs under initial proposals for a shake-up of Westminster constituency boundaries published today.
The Boundary Commission for England have revealed their plans to change boundaries which will mean that MPs across the UK will represent a roughly similar number of voters.
The Boundary Commission for Wales will reveal their own plans in September, which will include a cut in the number of MPs in Wales from 40 to 32.
When the process is finished, England is set to have 543 MPs (up 10), Wales 32 (down eight) and Scotland 57 (down two). Northern Ireland will stay as it is.
Commenting on the Boundary Commission for England’s publication of its initial proposals, a spokesperson for the Boundary Commission for Wales said, “We’d like to congratulate the Boundary Commission for England on publishing its initial proposals today.
“The Boundary Commission for Wales will be publishing its initial proposals in mid-September and we’re really looking forward to the 8-week consultation period that will follow.”
The plans revealed for England today show that Parts of the North of England and the Midlands will lose parliamentary seats while areas in the South East will gain them.
Seats have been redrawn so they have, by law, between 69,724 and 77,062 registered voters each. But the Isle of Wight has bee given special dispensation to stay as one constituency – as will Anglesey when the axe falls in Wales.
Some of the most controversial suggestions in England including scrapping the City of Chester seat which has existed since the 16th century. Another change will see Labour leader Keir Starmer’s constituency take a chunk out of that of former leader Jeremy Corbyn next door.
Labour have criticised the plans that are expected to benefit the Conservatives’ whose rural constituencies tended to be larger than Labour’s urban fortresses.
“The Conservative government’s one-size-fits-all approach to the exact size of constituencies has made the Boundary Commission’s work much harder, and will inevitably lead to the break-up of historic community ties across the UK,” Cat Smith, Labour’s shadow cabinet office minister.