UNDER PROPOSALS published today by the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) then the South West Holderness Ward (Hedon, Preston, Paull, etc) would be included in the Kingston Upon Hull East constituency for Parliamentary elections from 2015 (when the next General Election will be held).
The review of constituency boundaries has been carried out after Parliament decided that there should be a reduction in the number of constituencies across the UK, and that there should be similar numbers of electors in each constituency.
The number of constituencies in England is being reduced from 533 to 502 – a reduction from 54 to 50 in Yorkshire and the Humber. Each constituency must have an electorate that is no smaller than 72,810 and no larger than 80,473.
The BCE proposals for Yorkshire and the Humber reflect the fact that Hull has suffered a decrease in population:
“In order to increase the small electorates of all three constituencies in the City of Kingston upon Hull it has been necessary to make changes to the existing constituencies… We also propose that our Kingston upon Hull East constituency should include the South West Holderness ward of the District of East Riding of Yorkshire, from the existing Beverley and Holderness constituency.”
With an electorate of over 11,000 the South West Holderness Ward would be the largest in a 9-ward constituency which would also include the existing East Hull wards of Drypool, Holderness, Ings, Longhill, Marfleet, Southcoates East, Southcoates West and Sutton.
The initial consultation about these proposals closes on 5th December 2011.
People can contribute via the BCE website, or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also present your views at public hearings taking place at Hull City Hall on Monday 24th October and Tuesday 25th October 2011.
What do you think about the proposed changes? How would it affect General Election results considering that South West Holderness Ward is now part of a constituency that returns a Conservative MP and would be joining one which sends a Labour MP to Parliament? Leave a comment – and complete our straw poll: