Electoral boundary reviews

An electoral boundary review assesses the boundaries of council areas and parliamentary constituencies and often leads to changes to those areas.

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has started a review of parliamentary constituencies.

The review:

  • Will cut the number of parliamentary constituencies from 650 to 600 of which 501 will be in England
  • Is based on the number of people registered to vote at a parliamentary election as of 1 December 2015. An "electoral quota" of 74,769 has been set and every proposed constituency must have an electorate of no less than 95% and no more than 105% of that figure

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) review process

  • The BCE published its initial proposals on 13 September, and there is now a 12 week consultation period, ending on 5 December. Representations to be made in writing, ideally via the BCE website and it will also be possible for oral representations to be made at one of a series of public hearings. Four public hearings are taking place in the South West region, As soon as possible after the 12 week period, BCE will publish all representations received, including the records of the public hearings and there will be a further, statutory, four week period during which written comments on those representations may be submitted
  • BCE will then prepare a report for each region, summarising the representations and considering if the initial proposals should be varied and how. If they are revised, there will be a further eight week period for written representations but with no public hearings and no opportunity for comment.
  • A final report will then be published and the recommendations will be subject to approval by parliament

The initial proposals from the electoral boundary review

The initial proposals of the BCE are that there shall be a change in the Forest of Dean Constituency:

  • by adding the Coombe Hill Ward from Tewkesbury Borough and
  • changing the name of the constituency to West Gloucestershire.

Any changes to parliamentary constituencies will be effective for the first general election after they are approved. The next general election is expected to take place in May 2020.

The BCE's Guide to the Review is available from this page, as are its initial proposals report for the South West Region. For more detailed information please:

Please note that this is only a very brief summary of what is in the BCE guide to the review. Please read the BCE guide before deciding whether to submit comments to the BCE during the review.