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, and there is now a 12 week consultation period, ending on 5 December. Representations to be made in writing, ideally via the BCE website and it will also be possible for oral representations to be made at one of a series of public hearings. Five public hearings are taking place in the South East region, including one scheduled on Monday and Tuesday 24 and 25 October at Oxford Town Hall
- As soon as possible after the 12 week period, BCE will publish all representations received, including the records of the public hearings and there will be a further, statutory, four week period during which written comments on those representations may be submitted
- BCE will then prepare a report for each region, summarising the representations and considering if the initial proposals should be varied and how. If they are revised, 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 next general election is expected to take place in May 2020.
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.