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Public meetings to outline proposed boundary changes

Release date: 
Wednesday, 5 October, 2016

A series of public meetings have been organised to explain more about proposed changes to Parliamentary boundaries across the country.

The meetings in the North West, set out below, are part of a nationwide public consultation over plans to re-draw the areas of the country MPs represent.

These are the public's chance to come along in person and say what they think about the proposals for their region. Assistant commissioners from the Boundary Commission for England will be there, listening to people’s views, and they want to know whether the proposals reflect local communities.

Those speaking can comment on anything from whether the boundaries run between their home and the community centre they use every week to the suitability of the constituency’s name.

Region

Location

Date (2016)

North West

Manchester

Trafford Suite, The Midland Hotel, Peter Street

11-12 October

Chester

Victoria Suite, Hallmark Hotel, The Queen, City Road

13-14 October

Carlisle

Council Chambers, Carlisle City Council Civic Centre

17-18 October

Liverpool

The Old Hall, Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth Street Entrance

20-21 October

Lancaster

Auditorium, The Storey, Meeting House Lane      

24-25 October

Maps showing the proposals affecting Burnley and surrounding areas, plus further information and booklets, are available to view at Burnley Town Hall reception.

In Lancashire it is proposed to reduce the number of constituencies to 14, from 16.

In the borough of Burnley the proposal is to move Gawthorpe, Hapton with Park (covering Padiham) and Coalclough with Deerplay wards into what is now Hyndburn, but change the constituency name to Accrington.

The Burnley constituency would expand northwards, taking in eight wards currently in Pendle and stretching up to, and including, Brierfield and Nelson.

The changes would not affect the borough boundaries or representation on Burnley Council.

The Boundary Commission for England is considering constituency areas across England as part of a periodic review of the boundaries of all Parliamentary seats. The overall aim is to have constituencies that have between 71,031 and 78,507 people eligible to vote living in them.

The consultation will run until 5th December and anyone with an interest and/or views on the proposals is encouraged to use the opportunity to help shape the future constituencies.

The Boundary Commission is due to make its final report in September 2018. Any changes would come into effect at the next scheduled general election in 2020.

The website www.bce2018.org.ukhas more information about how to respond as well as details of where and when public hearings will be held.

You can also follow the Boundary Commission on Twitter @BCE2018 or using #2018boundaryreview

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