Boundary Commission suggesting radical changes in local seats
Andy Slaughter (left) and Ruth Cadbury
The Boundary Commission for England has published new proposals which would radically change the boundaries of Westminster constituencies in the Chiswick area.
Under this initial proposal, the part of Chiswick which is in Hounslow Borough, would be moved from the Brentford and Isleworth seat to a newly created Hammersmith and Chiswick constituency. The local authority wards Chiswick Gunnersbury (formerly Turnham Green ward), Chiswick Homefields and Chiswick Riverside would be part of a constituency that would include Ravenscourt Park, Brook Green, White City, Shepherd’s Bush Green and Hammersmith Broadway.
Although the Brentford & Isleworth constituency would remain its boundaries would be radically redrawn. To compensate for the loss of the three Chiswick wards areas of Hounslow and Heston would be incorporated.
The current MP for Hammersmith is Andy Slaughter and he formerly represented part of Chiswick in Westminster when he was MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush. Most of the new Hammersmith and Chiswick constituency would be in areas currently in the Hammersmith seat’s boundaries.
Picture: Boundary Commission of England
The Ealing Central and Acton constituency appears to be largely unchanged and still incorporates Southfield ward which is mainly made up of the part of the W4 postcode area in Ealing Borough.
A proposal made by the Commission back in 2017 to bring the whole Chiswick area together, including Southfield ward, in a new Brentford and Chiswick constituency was not adopted.
Picture: Boundary Commission of England
The public are being invited to give feedback on the proposed constituencies as part of an eight-week consultation process.
The 2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies was formally launched in January this year. The Commission is required to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal; in doing so, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543. The boundaries of over 90% of constituencies would change if the proposals were adopted.
To make a comment visit www.bcereviews.org.uk and provide feedback before the consultation closes on 2 August 2021.
People can comment on anything from where the proposed new boundary lines are to the names of the constituencies. There will be a further two rounds of consultation in 2022. Following the conclusion of all three consultation periods, the Commission will look at all the evidence received and form its final recommendations.
Tim Bowden, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said, “Today’s proposals mark the first time people get to see what the new map of Parliamentary constituencies might look like. But they are just the Commission’s initial thoughts. Help us draw the line to make the number of electors in each Parliamentary constituency more equal. Each constituency we recommend is required by law to contain between 69,724 and 77,062 electors, meaning there will be significant change to current boundaries. We want to hear the views of the public to ensure that we get the new boundaries for Parliamentary constituencies right.”
“We consider all feedback received during the consultation process, and it is your local knowledge that helps us to shape constituencies that best reflect your local area. It is easy to get involved - view our proposals and have your say on our online consultation portal - www.bcereviews.org.uk.”
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June 8, 2021