Hinckley residents given say on proposed constituency changes

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 12 June 2021

LOCAL RESIDENTS in Hinckley and Bosworth are being encouraged by the Council to have their say on newly-proposed suggestions to local Parliamentary constituencies.

They are being asked to take part and have their say in a consultation about Parliamentary constituencies as suggestions have been put forward for the Bosworth constituency.

The consultation has been by The Boundary Commission for England (BCE), who have recently published their initial proposals for new constituency boundaries.

Those wanting to take part are also able to view maps by entering their postcode, which will show the new proposed boundaries, so that feedback can be provided before it ends on 2 August.

Printed copies of the proposals can be viewed in-person at the Hinckley Hub’s Electoral Services Office on Hawley Road.

Three proposed changes to Bosworth’s constituency

Locally, three changes have been put forward for the Bosworth constituency.

The first suggestion is to see the current constituency name of ‘Bosworth’ simply renamed to ‘Hinckley and Bosworth’.

The second suggestion is having North West Leicestershire constituencies’ wards of Appleby, Oakthorpe, and Donisthorpe, join the Bosworth constituency.

Finally, it has been suggested that the Markfield Stanton and Field Heath, and Ratby Bagworth & Thornton wards could move over to the mid-Leicestershire constituency, from its current constituency of Bosworth.

2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies

The 2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies was formally launched this January.

The Commission is required to ensure the number of electors in each constituency is ‘more equal’ and in doing so, the number of English constituencies will rise from 533 to 543.

The Commission is undertaking an independent review of all constituency boundaries in England and the final recommendations will be presented to Parliament by July 2023.

Two more rounds of consultations will subsequently follow next year in 2022.

As soon as a conclusion has been reached following all three consultation periods, the Commission will inspect the evidence that they have been given and form their final recommendations.

Secretary of the Boundary Commission’s statement

Tim Bowden, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said: “The proposals mark the first time people get to see what the new map of Parliamentary constituencies might look like, but they are just the Commission’s initial thoughts.

“Help us draw the line to make the number of electors in each Parliamentary constituency more equal.

“Each constituency we recommend is required by law to contain between 69,724 and 77,062 electors, meaning there will be significant change to current boundaries.

“We want to hear the views of the public to ensure that we get the new boundaries for Parliamentary constituencies right.

“We consider all feedback received during the consultation process, and it is your local knowledge that helps us to shape constituencies that best reflect your local area.”

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