Boundary Commission proposals

The Boundary Commission has published its revised proposals for changes to the boundaries of Parliamentary constituencies in England. As well as involving a reduction in the number of constituencies across England (from 533 to 501), this also requires that every constituency should have an electorate that is no smaller than 71,031 and no larger than 78,507.

The Newbury constituency electorate is more than 5% above this electoral quota, while Reading East and Reading West are more than 5% below it and Wokingham is within 5% of it.

The revised proposals set out that Aldermaston ward, previously reallocated to Wokingham, should now remain in the Newbury constituency. However, it is proposed that Bucklebury ward (comprising Bradfield, Bucklebury, Stanford Dingley, Frilsham and Hermitage) and Basildon ward (Upper Basildon, Lower Basildon, Aldworth and Streatley) should be transferred to Reading West.

The proposals for the South East region can be viewed here. The consultation has now closed and the final recommendations will be presented in September 2018.

For myself, I would be very sad to no longer represent the villages of these wards and, equally importantly, I strongly feel that Parliamentary constituencies must have coherent boundaries.