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Have your say on plans to change parliamentary boundaries

14th September 2016
Mansfield

Have your say on plans to change parliamentary boundaries


The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is inviting people to view and comment on its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries. The 12 week consultation period starts on 13 September and is the first of three rounds of consultation that the BCE will undertake before making its recommendations for new parliamentary boundaries to Parliament in September 2018.

The BCE has the task of periodically reviewing the boundaries of all the parliamentary constituencies in England. They are currently conducting a review on the basis of rules set by Parliament in 2011 which require that every constituency – apart from two specified exceptions – must have an electorate that is no smaller than 71,031 and no larger than 78,507. This will result in a significant reduction in the number of constituencies in England from 533 to 501. The East Midlands has been allocated 44 constituencies – a reduction of two from the current number. The proposals leave seven of the 46 existing constituencies unchanged and the proposal is for the Mansfield constituency to remain wholly unchanged.

The consultation documents will also be on public display at the Civic Centre in Mansfield from 13 September 2016 until 5 December 2016.

Returning Officer for Mansfield, Bev Smith said: "Everyone is invited to comment on the proposals and use this opportunity to help the BCE  shape the new constituencies."  

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