THE BOUNDARY COMMISSION for England (BCE) is making a last appeal for contributions from anyone interested in commenting on its initial proposals for a new constituency map for England.
One of the more controversial proposals is to move the South West Holderness ward into Hull East constituency. This has prompted a local debate with MPs Karl Turner and Graham Stuart both speaking on the issue at recent Public Hearings. A poll on HU12 Online currently has 82 votes against the ward moving into Hull and only 12 in favour.
Over the past six weeks BCE hosted 36 public hearings across England in order to give people the opportunity to have their say. The hearings attracted a wide audience of more than 2,000 people, including members of the public, representatives of political parties, and MPs, and all views will serve to inform the process. The oral representations will all be transcribed and published in the spring alongside any written submissions sent in to BCE before the consultation closes on 5 December 2011.
Simon James, Secretary to the Commission, said, “Over the last few weeks we have travelled extensively across England to listen to the views of local people. The Commission has been able to gain a real insight into what people think thanks to the contributions from over 1,000 speakers at the public hearings. Although the hearings have come to an end, the consultation period is still open and we are still keen for people to write to us, and let us know whether they accept the proposals or what their alternative suggestions are”.
BCE invites everyone to consider the proposals by visiting its website. All details about the consultation are available at www.consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk and it will be on this same website that BCE will publish everyone’s contributions in full next year.