The consultation on the initial proposals for new Parliamentary boundaries ended on 2 August 2021. The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) will now consider the responses received during the consultation and is due to produce further proposals in early 2022.
The ‘2023 Review’ is reviewing all the Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries for 650 constituencies across the UK. Within England there are 543 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 first consultation stage ended on 2 August 2021, the Boundary Commission for England will now consider the consultation responses received and in early 2022 will publish responses to initial proposals and conduct six-week ‘secondary consultation’, including between two and five public hearings in each region. The full timetable for the 2023 Review is shown below.
The Boundary Commission have also released a guide which provides a detailed description of the process for conducting the review which is also available on the BCE website.
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;
- 8 June – 2 August 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.