Boundaries Commission Publishes Recommendations

On 13th September 2016, The Boundaries Commission For England published it's recommendations for the redrawing of the constituency boundaries for the purposes of the General Election in 2020.

These recommendations were produced in response to the decision made by Parliament in 2011. These decisions instructed that the number of constituencies in England be reduced from 533 to 501, in which the number of electors be no fewer than 71,031 and no more than 78,507.

For Mid Bedfordshire, the Commission recommended:

 In order to bring the Mid Bedfordshire constituency within 5% of the electoral quota we propose to transfer the wards of Aspley and Woburn, Toddington, and Barton-le-Clay (all Central Bedfordshire Council wards) into South West Bedfordshire. The existing South West Bedfordshire constituency has 76,959 electors so the addition of these wards pushes it above the upper 5% limit.

Local government boundary changes to the Central Bedfordshire Council ward of Caddington have partially mitigated this consequence, by transferring some electors from South West Bedfordshire into the Luton South constituency. But, in addition, we propose to transfer the Central Bedfordshire Council wards of Tithe Farm, Parkside, and Houghton Hall from South West Bedfordshire into our proposed Luton North and Houghton constituency. These wards comprise the town of Houghton Regis, the whole of which we propose be included in Luton North and Houghton.

During a meeting held on 28th September 2016, attended by Colin Wark - Chairman of MBCA and Gareth Mackey, Deputy Chairman - Political and Membership, we began the process of consultation on the Party's response to the proposals.

Should Members wish to read the report in full, it may be found by following the following link:

http://bce-documents.s3.amazonaws.com/consultation-documents/1473419806_Eastern%20region%20Initial%20proposals%20report.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJG2X7BQ35X2H7LAA&Expires=1475447652&Signature=o7iLUETdAlIrsWHFygozA4yaauI%3D

Any comments or questions may be directed to the MBCA Office.

Gareth Mackey

Deputy Chairman - Political and Membership