The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has now launched its third and final consultation on proposed changes to Parliamentary constituencies in England.
A new map showing the potential changes to constituencies has now been published, allowing local people a final opportunity to have their say on proposals for their area.
Significant changes have been made to the map since the last consultation, with the new proposals taking into account the feedback previously received.
People can view and have their say on the latest proposals by visiting https://www.bcereviews.org.uk/(external link)
The consultation will end on Monday 5 December 2022. Following this, the BCE will form its final recommendations which will be submitted to Parliament by July 2023.
Calderdale Council’s Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Robin Tuddenham, said:
“The final stage of the consultation process to determine the boundaries for future Parliamentary constituencies is now underway. The latest proposals could mean that some Calderdale residents may be in a different constituency in future, so I encourage people to take a look and have their say on the plans.
“Many people have already taken part in the first and second consultation, but this is another chance to have your say about the proposals, which are significantly different to those suggested at the time of the last consultation.”
The BCE is undertaking an independent review of all constituencies in England as requested by Parliament. The number of electors within each constituency currently varies widely due to population changes since the last boundary review. The 2023 Boundary Review will rebalance the number of electors each MP represents, resulting in significant change to the existing constituency map. As part of the review, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543.
Tim Bowden, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said:
“Last year we published our initial proposals for new constituency boundaries – our first go at what the map should look like. We are delighted with the huge number of comments from members of the public on our initial proposals, many which included valuable evidence about local communities.
“The publication is the culmination of months of analysis and we have revised nearly half of our initial proposals based on what people have told us. We now believe we are close to the best map of constituencies that can be achieved under the rules we are working to.
However, we still want people to tell us what they think of this latest map before we submit our final recommendations to Parliament next year. This is our final consultation and I encourage you to participate in the 2023 Boundary Review.”
For more information about the 2023 Boundary Review visit https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/(external link) or follow @BCEReviews on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest updates.