2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies
Proposed changes to constituency boundariesConsultation status Closed
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE), an independent and impartial non-departmental public body, is reviewing the Parliamentary constituency boundaries in England, under the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020, and the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011. Under these Acts, the BCE will distribute 541 constituencies between nine English regions, e.g. South East, South West, East Midlands.
The BCE is proposing changes to the boundaries to make sure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal, this means that your MP, and where you go to vote, may change. To see if you'll be affected by the proposals, please visit the dedicated page on the BCE website.
Following an initial eight-week consultation, which ended on 2 August 2021, all the representations the BCE has received so far are published on its website.
How to take part
The BCE will hold a series of 32 public hearings at various times and locations, and you can book your speaking slot through their dedicated website. If you haven't used Eventbrite before, they've provided a to help you.
While Covid-19 remains a concern, measures have been put in place to minimise the risk of transmission, while still allowing the statutory 'in person' hearings to take place. You can find more information in their published Guide to the public hearings. If you can't attend in person, you can respond via the consultation portal or by post to 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ from Tuesday 22 February 2022.
If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All of the public hearings will be recorded and can be viewed on the BCE YouTube channel.
What happens next
Once all views from both consultations have been taken into consideration, the BCE will produce a recommendation report as to whether the initial proposals should change and detailing any suggested changes. Alongside this report, they will publish all the written representations received during the secondary consultation, as well as the transcripts from public hearings. If the proposals change, they will hold a further four-week written consultation. There would be no public hearings at this stage. Comments from the final engagement exercise would then be published with the final report, which will be sent to Parliament by July 2023 and subsequently made into law.