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Boundary Changes and Voter Registration

The Boundary Commission started work last week on revising our Parliamentary constituency boundaries, basing them for the first time on registered voters rather than population. The number of seats will be reduced from 650 to 600. More than 600,000 voters have dropped off the Electoral Register under the new registration system, which relies on individuals registering themselves rather than being registered by someone else in the household. You can register to vote here.

Constituencies vary in size from less than 22,000 to more than 110,000. In the new proposals, the size of constituencies (with a handful of exceptions) must be bigger than 71,031 voters and smaller than 78,507. Hundreds of UK constituencies, including Morecambe & Lunesdale and Lancaster and Fleetwood are smaller than this.

The review will publish its proposals in September, and early analysis in today’s Times (£)suggests that 24 Labour seats could disappear, while the Conservatives lose only 14. There will then be a period of consultation and revision before the final report is submitted to parliament in Summer 2018

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