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2023 Parliamentary Boundary

Have your say on the 2023 parliamentary constituency boundaries

Introduction

The Boundary Commission for England are an independent body that is reviewing the parliamentary constituencies to ensure each constituency has roughly the same number of electors by rebalancing the number of electors each MP represents. The Commission are required by law to ensure each constituency has between 69,724 and 77,062 electors which therefore will see the number of constituencies rise to 543 in England. 

The initial proposals can be found here for the South West.  

 

Current parliamentary boundaries
In the Stroud District, the current boundaries see Minchinhampton, Kingswood and Wotton-under-Edge fall under Cotswolds parliamentary boundary.

Proposed 2023 parliamentary boundaries

The new proposals will see Bisley, Chalford, Hardwicke, Minchinhampton and Painswick & Upton fall under Cotswolds parliamentary boundaries and for Kingswood and Wotton-under-Edge to fall under Stroud.

 

First Consultation

Representations received during the first consultation period will be published at www.bcereviews.org.uk on 7 February 2022. This is to allow people a good opportunity to read and consider their views on these representations before secondary consultation starts on the 22 February 2022. 

 

Secondary Consultation

The secondary consultation on the proposed new map of constituencies in England will take place from Tuesday 22 February to Monday 4 April 2022. During this consultation, individuals will be able to provide their feedback on the proposed new constituencies via the consultation website, bcereviews.org.uk, by email or letter, or in person during a public hearing. The booking system is now open for public hearings.

Those wishing to make an oral representation at a public hearing will be required to book a slot (10 minutes per person). To book, visit the dedicated public hearings page on the website and click on your chosen hearing. You will then be invited to register via the booking platform Eventbrite. A step by step guide for booking via Eventbrite is published on the Boundary Commission for England's public hearings webpage.

Public Hearings closest to the Stroud District:

  • Gloucester on the 24th and 25th March
  • Bath on the 28th and 29th March

You can find further details published here: Guide to the public hearings, which should also answer most other questions you may have. The hearings will be taking place from 28 February 2022 - 1 April 2022.

Note: If you are wanting to submit a consultation response, please ensure you do so on or after the 22 February as the Boundary Commission for England will not accept any comments submitted BEFORE this date.

 

Next Steps

After the secondary consultation has ended, the representations will be considered and the Boundary Commission for England will produce a report detailing whether the initial proposals should change and suggested amendments, including any transcripts from public hearings and representations.

If the Boundary Commission for England change the initial proposals, a further four-week written consultation will take place before the final report being submitted to Parliament by July 2023 and subsequently made into law.

 

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