2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies
Did you know that the Parliamentary constituencies are set to change?
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is holding an independent review of all constituency boundaries in England, and invites you to have your say on its proposals.
You can visit the Boundary Commission for England website to view the proposed new constituencies for your area and share your views during the secondary consultation from 22 February to 4 April 2022. You can also speak at a public hearing in your region - find your nearest hearing and book your attendance on the Commission's website.
The Boundary Commission for England is required by Parliament to undertake an independent and impartial review of all constituencies in England, to re-balance the number of electors in each constituency. The 2023 Boundary Review also requires that the number of constituencies in England increases from 533 to 543.
To have your say, submit your views in writing via the consultation website, by email, or letter; or speak at a public hearing in your region. Find your nearest hearing and book a slot to speak at a public hearing. On the consultation website, you can also view and take into account the responses sent in during the first consultation.
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FAQs - Parliamentary constituencies review
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about the 2023 Parliamentary Boundary Review.
Why are constituency boundaries being reviewed?
The Boundary Commission for England has been asked by Parliament to re-balance the number of electors in each constituency. Due to population changes since the last review, the number of electors in some constituencies is much higher than in others.
The 2023 Boundary Review will make sure each MP represents roughly the same number of electors (between 69,724 and 77,062). The number of constituencies in England must also increase from 533 to 543. The new map of constituencies proposed by the Commission therefore has significant changes.
Where can I see proposals for new constituencies?
Visit the Parliamentary Boundary Review consultation website to view the proposals and take part in the consultation.
How are proposals for new constituencies developed?
The Boundary Commission must keep to the rules set by Parliament. They also take into account existing boundaries, local geography, and local ties as it is known that local knowledge can help improve our proposals. This is why the public have been invited to participate in the secondary consultation.
Every response will be taken into account when deciding on any changes to the initial proposals. A guide has been produced about the review process and is available in the related links section of this page.
Have the proposals changed since the first consultation?
No. After the secondary consultation has ended, the responses sent will be analysed and will help in the decision on any changes that need to be made to the proposals.
Will this review favour one political party over another?
The Boundary Commission for England is independent and impartial and will not take into account patterns of voting or the results of elections when reviewing constituency boundaries. Nor do the political parties’ views on where boundaries should be have any more weight than those of members of the public.
Will the changes affect council services - bin collections or schools, for example?
No. The boundary changes only relate to parliamentary constituencies (the area an MP is elected to represent in Parliament). Services and council tax in your local area are set by the council and this review does not change local authority boundaries.
What happens after the secondary consultation, and when would the proposed changes take effect?
The Boundary Commission will analyse every response received during the first and secondary consultations. If the proposals change, the recommendations will be published and a further public consultation will be held. The final recommendations will be submitted to Parliament by 1 July 2023, and the new constituencies will take effect at the next General Election thereafter.
Will the name of my constituency change following the review?
Generally, the more a constituency has changed, the more likely it is that the Boundary Commission will recommend a change of name. The Commission welcomes views on the naming of proposed constituencies during the consultation.
Should I submit my views in writing or in person?
You are welcome to attend a public hearing to provide a response in person or to send in a written representation via the Commission's consultation website, or by email or letter, within the consultation period. Equal weight is placed on all feedback, submitted orally and in writing.
How can I attend a public hearing?
Details of public hearings are available on the Boundary Commission website, where you can find your nearest hearing from the dates and locations listed. By selecting your chosen event, you’ll be taken to Eventbrite to register for a 10 minute slot to speak at the hearing. Booking is a quick and easy process.
What happens at a public hearing?
You can find out everything you need to know about the public hearings from the link to the guide in the related links section of this page. It provides information on registering for a hearing, the timings of each day, and how the hearings are run.
The recommendations will be presented to Parliament by July 2023 for approval, with the new constituencies taking effect at the next General Election.