Boundary Commission Report

19th October 2017

Andrew Bridgen MP has welcomed revised proposals that will mean the North West Leicestershire seat remains as it is should the recommendations be accepted by Parliament.

The 2018 Boundary Review requires the Commission to draw up Parliamentary Boundaries based on a Parliament of 600 members and for seats to be elected by a more equal electorate size between 71,031 and 78,507 electors.

The Boundary Commission is an independent and impartial non-departmental public body, which is required by Parliament to review Parliamentary constituency boundaries in England.

The initial review for the East Midlands recommended the loss of 2 seats in the East Midlands and would have seen Ibstock, Ellistown, Heather, Battram, Appleby Magna, Snarestone, Swepstone and Newton Burgoland taken out of the North West Leicestershire seat and replaced with the town of Shepshed.

Following this review, a further consultation in which political parties along with several Parish Councils and residents participated took place. This recommended the constituency remain as it is ahead of a vote in Parliament next year as to whether it will accept the proposals.

In response to this Andrew Bridgen said ‘I am delighted that the Boundary Commission reconsidered this change to the constituency. The proposal made little sense as the numbers were about the same even after you removed the Ibstock division and replaced it with Shepshed.’

Andrew continued ‘I would like to thank all those who wrote to the Commission to state the case for North West Leicestershire remaining as it is. This included the local Labour Party as well as several Parish Councils and residents.’

Andrew concluded ‘I do believe it is important that these Boundaries are now voted through. Without these reforms, MPs could end up representing constituencies based on data that is over 20 years old, disregarding significant changes in demographics, house building and migration. As it stands, some constituencies have twice as many electors as others.’

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Forthcoming surgery dates

Friday 8th December 2017 - Coalville
12.00pm-2.00pm
Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, Leics LE67 3PH
 
Friday 12th January 2018 - Castle Donington
1.00-3.00pm
Castle Donington Parish Council, Parish Rooms Hillside, Castle Donington DE74 2NH

 

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