Post by greenrobinhood on Dec 21, 2016 0:50:39 GMT
On the off chance that Pat Glass' amendment ever passes, it is worth mentioning what would happen within the 2018 review of Parliamentary constituencies if we still had 650 constituencies and a 10% deviance limit.
In my region, this would result in three extra seats being created (61 compared to 58 now).
For example, Cambridgeshire would gain an extra seat under those alternative rules (note that if Ms Glass' amendment ever did pass, the electorate range would be 62,084 to 75,880):
1. Peterborough (70,623): Unchanged.
2. North West Cambridgeshire (65,951). Loses many rural villages at its southern end to Huntingdon & St Ives.
3. Huntingdon & St Ives (70,305). Loses St Neots and its heartland.
4. Cambridge (72,757). Now covers entire city.
5. North East Cambridgeshire (69,119). Now coterminous with Fenland.
6. Ely & Waterbeach (70,681). Most of the East Cambridgeshire district (but not Soham) plus villages north of the city of Cambridge.
7. South Cambridgeshire (71,814). Redrawn due to needing to donate some villages to the new seat of St Neots. Now stretches to Soham.
8. St Neots (63,437). A new seat. St Neots adds some villages in South Cambridgeshire west of the River Cam as Huntingdonshire's electorate would not be large enough for 4 seats under the alternative rules.
My home county of Hertfordshire would also gain an extra seat:
1. Watford (63,484). Coterminous with borough of Watford.
2. South West Hertfordshire (69,914). Largely based on pre-1983 SW Herts (i.e. including Bushey).
3. Hemel Hempstead (63,083). Loses outlying villages, now mostly just the town.
4. Welwyn Hatfield (63,690). Loses Welham Green and Brookmans Park, gains Tewin.
5. Hertford & Hoddesdon (62,618) Hertford connects better to Hoddesdon than it does to Bishop's Stortford, which is why the two towns in the current Hertford & Stortford constituency were in different constituencies until 1983.
6. Hitchin & Letchworth (68,088) The Hitchin part of Hitchin & Harpenden plus Letchworth and Baldock from North East Hertfordshire. Resembles Hitchin (1974-83)/North Herts (1983-97).
7. Royston & Stortford (72,584). Better connected than current NE Herts or Hertford & Stortford.
8. St Albans (64,913). Loses outlying rural wards, now mainly focused on St Albans and The Colneys.
9. Stevenage (70,653). Gains Chesfield, loses Datchworth.
10. Borehamwood (64,822). Rather awkward seat but on balance better than current Hertsmere. Stretches into Abbots Langley and Kings Langley.
11. Cheshunt & Potters Bar (73,330). Also contains Welham Green and Brookmans Park, since they have strong links to Potters Bar (and also Hatfield).
12. Harpenden (63,331) The 'new' seat in this plan; stretches to Berkhamsted and Tring along the lines of the old Hemel Hempstead constituency, albeit without the town of Hemel Hempstead itself.
As would the county of Suffolk:
1. West Suffolk (66,452)
2. Bury St Edmunds (63,038) Loses Stowmarket (which really needs its own constituency and in fact did before 1997)
3. Stowmarket (63,483) Most of Mid Suffolk district plus Framlingham. Similar to 1950-83 boundaries of Eye.
4. Lowestoft (67,814). As Waveney minus Kessingland, The Saints, and Bungay.
5. Ipswich West (70,243). The Ipswich suburbs outside the borough of Ipswich itself (like Kesgrave) mostly extend eastwards, not westwards.
6. Babergh (68,206). As South Suffolk minus the Clare ward of St Edmundsbury. Now coterminous with the Babergh district.
7. Woodbridge (62,892). Mainly Suffolk Coastal minus Felixstowe and plus rural villages currently in the Waveney constituency.
8. Ipswich East & Felixstowe (64,089). The 'new' seat that Suffolk gains. Note that the train line from Ipswich goes east to Felixstowe, so this constituency would make some sense.
As the aforementioned proposed amendment to the 2011 Parliamentary Constituencies Act has no realistic chance of passing, this exercise is mainly for academic interest hence why maps have not been attached for my examples.