Last week, the Boundary Commission for England outlined its proposals for a shake-up of the electoral map in 2023. The Commission’s aim is to make every constituency’s population of registered voters close to the average of just under 73,400, with a leeway of 5% above or below the average.
A lot has been written about these parliamentary boundary changes, and it was a nerve-wracking couple of days before the proposals were released. In actual fact, Greater Manchester will retain all of its 27 MPs under the strict new formula, however there will be extensive changes to the electoral landscape of the area.
Under the current proposals, the Denton and Reddish constituency would no longer exist. My part of the Heatons and Reddish would be placed into an enlarged Stockport constituency. The only seat I would be able to contest under Labour Party rules would be the new Denton and Hyde constituency.
However, the current boundaries will remain in place until the next General Election which could be as late as May 2024. There’s even a possibility the next General Election will be fought on the current seats if it’s held before July 2023 when any changes then get automatically approved.
The proposed changes are now under consultation, but in the meantime, I will keep fighting hard for the things that I passionately believe Reddish and the Heatons need; green transport, a properly reopened Reddish South Station with a regular passenger service and support for local businesses to name just a few. I love Reddish and the Heatons, they’re great places, and it has been and continues to be my honour to represent them.
If you want to look at the plans in more detail or to comment or submit anything relating to them, get involved by visiting the Boundary Commission for England’s website at: www.bcereviews.org.