Congleton constituency could change under new boundary proposals

  Posted: 08.06.21 at 14:10 by Tom Avery  

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The parliamentary constituency of Congleton could change as new boundaries for constituencies have been proposed across the country for 2023.

The Boundary Commission for England has released a map for possible new constituencies, which decide the places an elected MP should serve.

This proposal means redrawing the border lines and renaming certain constituencies.

As the above image shows, the boundary lines for Congleton would change with Goostrey and Holmes Chapel moving from Congleton's constituency to Tatton's.

Of the 533 current English constituencies, less than 10% will remain unchanged under the plans.

England will gain 10 new MPs, while Scotland and Wales will lose two and eight MPs respectfully under the proposed plans.

The Boundary Commission for England says the aim is to make Parliament fairer by giving each MP a roughly similar number of voters.

The commission is required to draw up seats with 69,724 to 77,062 electors by law, so it is unlikely these changes will not go ahead, but a consultation period will begin.

In 2018, there was 77,258 electorates in the Congleton constituency, but if the 2023 changes go ahead and Goostrey and Holmes Chapel move from Congleton's boundary to Tatton's, the electorate would drop to 72,770.

The proposals are currently under public consultation until August 2. Maps and details on how to submit a response are available here.

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