Harlow Parliamentary seat boundary changes

Date: 
Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Number: 
17-50

The independent Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has now published revised proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies.

Following a decision by Parliament to reduce the number of MPs and constituencies in the UK to 600 from 650, and to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal, the BCE was asked to make independent recommendations about where the boundaries of English constituencies should be.

The BCE is currently conducting a review on the basis of new rules laid down by Parliament. These rules involve a significant reduction in the number of constituencies in England (from 533 to 501), resulting in the number of constituencies in the Eastern region reducing by one, to 57. The rules also require that every constituency - apart from two specified exceptions - must have an electorate that is no smaller than 71,031 and no larger than 78,507.

The BCE published its initial proposals for new boundaries in September 2016 and consulted on them. Following initial feedback a second consultation exercise was held in March 2017.

The next stage of the review process has now been completed and the BCE is now publishing its revised proposals. Initial proposals for the Harlow parliamentary constituency would see it expand to include the District of Epping Forest wards of North Weald Bassett, and Moreton and Fyfield, from the existing Brentwood and Ongar constituency, which brings it within 5 per cent of the electoral quota.

These proposals for Harlow remain the same for the next round of consultation, which runs from today until 11 December 2017.

The BCE must report to Parliament in 2018 and, if agreed by Parliament, the new constituencies will be in use at the next scheduled General Election in 2022.

The proposals can be viewed online at www.bce2018.org.uk and also in the Reception at the Civic Centre.