Boundary Commission holds hearings over Parliamentary constituency proposals

The independent Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is holding two days of public hearings in Liverpool as part of consultation over new Parliamentary constituencies.

Following a decision by Parliament to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK to 600 from 650, and to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal, the BCE has been asked to make independent recommendations about where the boundaries of English constituencies should be.

The BCE must report to Parliament in 2018 and, if agreed by Parliament, the new constituencies will be in use at the next scheduled general election in 2020.

Hearings are being held at the Cotton Exchange on Old Hall Street on 20 and 21 October and people can book a place to speak here.

Sam Hartley, Secretary to the Commission, said: “Parliament has set us tight rules about reducing the number of constituencies, and making them of more equal size, but we now need the views of people around the country to help us shape constituencies that best reflect local areas. Use our website to tell us what you think, or come along to one of our public events to give us your views in person.”

A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said: “This is a consultation run by the Boundary Commission for England which could affect the constituencies of Liverpool Riverside, Liverpool Walton, Liverpool Wavertree, Liverpool West Derby and Garston & Halewood.

“We would urge people to have their say, either by attending the hearing or looking at the Boundary Commission website.”

People unable to make the hearing can also have their say on the website at www.bce2018.org.uk. People can comment on anything from where the proposed new boundary lines are to the names of the constituencies. The consultation closes on 5 December 2016. There will be a further two rounds of consultation in 2017. Following the conclusion of all three consultation periods, the BCE will look at all the evidence received and make final recommendations to Parliament in September 2018.

More information is available on the BCE’s Twitter feed @BCE2018.