The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) yesterday launched a secondary public consultation on its initially proposed map of constituencies, open now for six weeks until Monday 4 April 2022.
The review of parliamentary constituencies is taking place to ensure each one has roughly the same number of electors. As part of this process, the number of constituencies in England will increase to 543.
The Commission, an independent and impartial public body, is required by law to make sure that each constituency in England has between 69,724 and 77,062 electors. The 2023 Boundary Review will therefore rebalance the number of electors represented by each MP. This will require considerable change to the existing map of constituencies.
The Commission wants members of the public to tell them their thoughts on its proposed new constituencies, so they can improve them. The first consultation took place from June to August 2021 and received more than 34,000 responses. The responses have been published so people can take these into account when providing their own views.
32 public hearings are also taking place across the country, where members of the public can provide their views in person. This includes a session in Nottingham on Monday 7 March (10am to 8pm) and Tuesday 8 March (9am to 5pm).
After the secondary consultation has closed, the Commission will analyse every representation sent in during the first and secondary stages. It will produce a report deciding on whether the initial proposals should change and detail any suggested changes. Alongside this report, it will publish all the written representations it received during the secondary consultation, as well as the transcripts from public hearings. If proposals change, it will hold a further four-week written consultation on revised proposals inviting people to tell them what they think about them. Those comments will be published along with the final report, which will be sent to Parliament by July 2023 and subsequently made into law.
Please join us by encouraging residents to take part in this secondary public consultation. Residents can view the proposed new constituency boundaries, including proposals for the Newark and Sherwood Constituencies, and provide views on them by visiting the consultation website.