Constituency boundaries will dominate the proceedings in the Commons today. Labour are bringing forward a Bill which would have the effect of scrapping the current proposals and effectively starting again. Instead of 600 constituencies there would continue to be 650. The variation in sizes allowed would increase from 10% to 20%. We have already seen with the present boundary commission proposals how controversial changes to boundaries can be but I think one thing most people agree on is that the current variances between constituency sizes are difficult to defend.
The first public hearing being held by the Boundary Commission into their proposals to amend the boundaries of the parliamentary constituencies is set for next Tuesday and Wednesday at The Midland Hotel, Peter Street in Manchester. Those wishing to speak have to register in advance on the Commission’s website www.bce2018.org.uk
Representations can also be made to the Commission using this website.
The sitting hours are 10am until 8pm on Tuesday and 9am until 5pm on Wednesday. Further hearings for the North West will be held in Chester, Carlisle, Liverpool and Lancaster.
Representations can also be made in writing and sent to Boundary Commission for England, 35, Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3BQ