The Boundary Commission for England has just announced today that they expect their plans for new Parliamentary boundaries will be announced on June 8th.
Michael Fabricant explains “At present, constituencies vary in size between 55,000 and 100,000 meaning that some areas are over represented while others are under represented by MPs. That is unfair. So the law has been changed so that all constituencies – apart from some islands – are plus or minus 5% of the nation’s total electorate divided by 650 – the number of constituencies.
“The Lichfield constituency is the right size, but surrounding constituencies are not and it looks like Staffordshire will be reduced from 12 MPs to 11 and this could have a knock-on effect in Lichfield.
“I look forward to seeing the Boundary Commissions’s proposals but hope it won’t repeat the proposal they had last time to put the eastern part of Lichfield, Streethay, and Whittington into Tamworth. That crazy proposal would have had platform 1 of Lichfield Trent Valley Railway Station in Lichfield and platform 2 in Tamworth! Fortunately, those proposals were never adopted.
“When the proposals are published in June, there will be an 8 week period for MPs and the public to comment on them and then there will be a further review.”
The Boundary Commission for England has produced a short video explaining the process.