The Boundary Commission for England has begun a consultation into the changes they are planning to constituency boundaries following the enactment of Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011. This instructs the LGBCE to redraw the constituency boundaries to standardise the number of electors per constituency, plus or minus 5% away from the quota of 76641 electors (72810-80473) and also to reduce of the number of English MPs from 533 to 502 (600 in total).
These changes will dramatically change the landscape of politics here in Lancashire & Cumbria with the removal of Wyre & Preston North and Westmorland and Lonsdale. (Interestingly Wyre & Preston North was only created prior to the 2010 election)
- Blackpool North and Fleetwood BC
- Blackpool South BC
- Copeland and Windermere CC
- Fylde CC
- Kendal and Penrith CC
- Lancaster CC
- Morecambe and Lunesdale CC
- Preston BC
- Ribble Valley CC
- South Ribble CC
- Workington and Keswick CC
As you can see this means huge changes for the people of Lancashire and Cumbria.
I invite people to join with me to help to redraw the maps with local knowledge so that (for example) people of Lancaster City Centre are not voting for the same MP as those in Goosnargh (nr Preston), could you offer an hour or two of your time to make the constituency boundaries fair for all (politically, geographically and socio-economically)? Leave a comment below and I’ll be in touch.
I look forward to hearing your views.
I think the changes in Cumbria to create “horizontal strips” whilst is good for transport (along A66 & A595 routes) is not in keeping with the differential of Whitehaven & Workington (energy coast) with the National Park nature of the central region.
Lancaster is an urbanised centre and should not be paired with rural Goosnargh, the Commission must have forgot there is no Garstang M6 junction when it stated that the M6 link was good communication for the new Lancaster constituency.