The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has launched the new ‘2023 Review’ of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries across England.
Following approval of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020 on 14 December 2020, the ‘2023 Review’ will be based on setting boundaries for 650 constituencies of which 47 are in the East Midlands region.
More information on the 2023 Review is available on the BCE website 2023 Review page.
What will the 2023 review do?
The Review will look to make sure all Parliamentary constituencies have roughly the same number of electors within 5% of the same total.
The review will be based on the local authority ward boundaries as at 1 December 2020. For the first time in this type of review it will include use of boundaries that were legally ‘made’ by that date, even though not yet implemented at a subsequent election.
NKDC has recently undergone an Electoral Review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) however the final ward boundaries decided in that review will not be legally made until Spring/Summer 2021. Therefore, the NKDC ward boundaries will be used as they currently are for the ‘2023 Review’.
Who conducts this review?
The Boundary Commission for England will carry out the 2023 review. There is a Boundary Commission for each of the 4 parts of the UK who will determine the constituency boundaries in their area. A statutory formula is applied to the electorate figures to share out the 650 constituencies across the four countries of the UK and all regions.
What happens next?
The Boundary Commission for England have launched the Review and intend to publish their initial proposals and conduct an eight-week written consultation in early summer 2021. The full timetable for the 2023 Review is shown below.
Timetable for the 2023 Review
- January 2021: Begin development of initial proposals;
- Spring 2021: Publish ‘Guide to the 2023 Review’, and ward-level electorate figures for areas with ‘prospective’ wards;
- Early summer 2021: Publish initial proposals and conduct eight-week written consultation;
- Early 2022: Publish responses to initial proposals and conduct six-week ‘secondary consultation’, including between two and five public hearings in each region;
- Late 2022: Publish revised proposals and conduct four-week written consultation
- June 2023: Submit and publish final report and recommendations.
Full details of the 2023 Review timetable and more information can be viewed on the Boundary Commission for England website.