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Have your say on proposals for Eastleigh Constituency
The independent Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has published its initial proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies with no proposed changes to the current Eastleigh Constituency.
The publication marks the start of 12 weeks of consultation, during which the Commission needs to hear from you to help shape the proposed new constituency boundaries.
The Boundary Commission is proposing no overall change for the Eastleigh Constistuency. Eastleigh is one of the three Hampshire constituencies that are proposed to remain untouched by the changes. However, it is proposed by the BCE that the Hiltingbury and Chandler’s Ford wards (situated in the borough but currently within the Winchester parliamentary constituency) be moved to the Test Valley constituency
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.
Sam Hartley, Secretary to the Commission, said: ‘These proposals provide people with the chance to see what the new map of Parliamentary constituencies might look like. But they are just the Commission’s initial thoughts - during the next 12 weeks we want people to take a look and tell us what they like and don’t like about our proposals. 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.’
It is easier than ever to get involved, by using the BCE’s website at www.bce2018.org.uk or by coming along to a public hearing in your area. 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. There are a series of public hearings across the country that provide the chance for the public to tell the Commission what they think about the proposals for their region.
The public hearing in Hampshire is at Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth on Thursday 27 to Friday 28 October 2016. More information is available on the BCE’s website and Twitter feed @BCE2018.