Have your say! Help shape your parliamentary constituency
11 June 2021
Ever wondered how parliamentary constituencies get drawn or how they get their name? Now is your chance to help influence these important decisions.
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has published its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries. These are the boundaries that will determine your voting area for general elections. The public is invited to view and provide feedback on the proposed boundaries as part of an eight-week consultation process.
The 2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies was launched in January this year. The Commission needs 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 Commission is carrying out an independent review of all constituency boundaries in England. It will present its final recommendations to Parliament by July 2023.
Members of the public are encouraged to visit www.bcereviews.org.uk to view maps showing the proposed new boundaries 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 before forming its final recommendations in July 2023.
Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive of Brent Council, said:
“It is vital that everyone takes part in this consultation. Making sure people are fairly and equally represented is crucial, but it’s also important to make sure that constituencies reflect genuine communities. By having your say - you can make sure the proposals take into account your views.”
Tim Bowden, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said:
“We consider all feedback received during the consultation process. 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 through our online consultation portal –www.bcereviews.org.uk.”