2023 Review - North West Aug 2, 2021 6:45:38 GMT
Post by YL on Aug 2, 2021 6:45:38 GMT
There is certainly no good way to draw three seats within the new "West Cumbria" local authority (I doubt if it will be called that, by the way) if you can do it at all, which I don't think you can.
If you build a seat around Carlisle, and then have a second one with the rest of Carlisle and most of Allerdale, what's left of the new authority presently in the borough of Copeland and the rest of Allerdale is not going to be big enough for a new parliamentary consituency, and will need either to extend East and include some of South Lakeland (as per the Boundary Commision proposals) or extend South into Barrow and Furness - which might make the constituency which will have to be built around Barrow look very strange. Either way it straddles the two new authorities.
Alternatively if you start at the South end of the new authority with Copeland and build a seat which takes in more of Allerdale until it reaches the minimum size, you then have a new Workington/Allerdale seat which would have to take in much more of the present City of Carlisle than just Dalston, and you would be left with a Carlisle seat which did not include substantial parts of the City of Carlisle and did have to take in a significant part of Eden - and which straddles the boundary betwen the two new local authorities.
If you start by trying to create a West Cumbria seat you will end up with the same problem.
You can do it:
1. Whitehaven & Cockermouth 70681
2. Workington 70461
3. Carlisle 70129
4. Westmorland & Penrith 76208 (as per BCE)
5. Barrow & Furness 74699 (as per BCE)
6. Morecambe & Windermere 74907 (is this jumping out of the Whitehaven frying pan into the Morecambe fire?)
7. Lancaster 74276 (nb includes Heysham)
(Not intended as a particularly serious proposal. I don't know how easy it would be to absorb the extra Wyre wards in the rest of the region.)