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 2016, and the 12 week consultation period, ended on 5 December 2016.

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.

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:

On Tuesday 28 February the BCE has published all the consultation responses received following their consultation process in 2016 so that others can comment. Responses can be found at www.bce2018.org.uk where you can search by a number of different options, such as name, reference number, existing constituency or type of respondent, as well as using the interactive mapping system to locate comments geographically.

The Commission would like to encourage you take time to see what others have said about their initial proposals, and add your views to those by replying directly to the Commission. Comments can be submitted to the BCE during the statutory four week period, which ends on 27 March 2017. Following the secondary consultation, the Commission will be considering all representations received from both consultations, and will consider whether any revisions are needed. If the Commission decided they need to revise the proposals, they will consult on the revised boundaries and that could happen towards the end of 2017, or in early 2018.

Contact details for the Boundary Commission for England

  • Email: information@boundarycommissionengland.gov.uk
  • Tel : 020 7276 1102
  • Write to: Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ