Electoral boundary reviews
An electoral boundary review assesses the boundaries of council areas and parliamentary constituencies and often leads to changes to those areas. The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has started a review of parliamentary constituencies. The review:
- Will cut the number of parliamentary constituencies from 650 to 600 of which 501 will be in England
- Is based on the number of people registered to vote at a parliamentary election as of 1 December 2015. An "electoral quota" of 74,769 has been set and every proposed constituency must have an electorate of no less than 95% and no more than 105% of that figure
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) review process
- The BCE published its initial proposals on 13 September 2016, which was followed by a 12 week consultation period, which ended on 5 December 2016
- BCE then published all representations received, including the records of public hearings which took place in autumn 2016, and there was a further, statutory, four week period during which written comments on those representations could be submitted
- BCE is currently preparing a report for each region, summarising the representations and considering whether the initial proposals should be varied and how.
- On 17 October 2017, the BCE will publish its revised proposals, and there will be a further eight week period for written representations but with no public hearings and no opportunity for comment.
- A final report will then be published and the recommendations will be subject to approval by parliament
The initial proposals from the review
- The initial proposals of the BCE are that there shall be on change in the Witney Constituency, which would then continue to cover exactly the same area as the District of West Oxfordshire
- However, the BCE is suggesting changes to each of the other five constituencies in Oxfordshire, as detailed in the document available as a download from this page
Any changes to parliamentary constituencies will be effective for the first general election after they are approved.
The BCE's Guide to the Review is available from this page, as its its initial proposals report for the South East Region. For more information please:
- visit the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) website
Please note that this is a brief summary of what is in the BCE guide to the review. Please read the BCE guide to the review before deciding whether to comment during the review.