Potential changes to Old Bexley & Sidcup boundary

James Brokenshire has urged people to submit their comments as part of the recently launched Boundary Commission consultation on UK Parliamentary constituencies, which will see the number of Members of Parliament reduced from 650 to 600.

The proposals, designed to reduce the cost of politics and even out the size of constituencies so that each vote gives each voter an equal say in how they are governed.

The proposals for Old Bexley & Sidcup sees the constituency retain all eight wards from the existing constituency and adds the Danson Park ward, currently within the bounds of the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

Following completion of the consultation, final proposals are due in 2018 with the changes in place for a General Election in 2020.

Commenting on the boundary proposals, James said:

"These initial proposals represent the first phase in a process to equalise the size of constituencies across the country so that everyone's vote carries equal weight.  It will also reduce the size of the House of Commons and cut the cost of politics.

"At this first stage, we need to assess the full impact of these changes on individual communities within Bexley and consider what representations should be made.  The review will take many months to complete with the opportunity for everyone to have their say on the Boundary Commission's plans."

 

To submit your comments as part of the consultation, click here to be taken to the Boundary Commission website.