THE PROPOSAL to include South West Holderness Ward in a new enlarged East Hull constituency has been dropped by the Boundary Commission for England (BCE).
In the BCE’s revised proposals, it now recommends retaining the existing Beverley and Holderness constituency unchanged. In making its revised proposals the BCE says it is mindful of the local ties that would be broken by some of its earlier proposals:
“A particular example raised many times by contributors to the review, in many different places, was the lack of affinity an elector felt for an urban area, as they lived in a rural setting. The converse situation was also raised frequently by urban constituents, who identified with their town but not the adjacent rural hinterland that they saw as a very separate community.” BCE, Yorkshire and Humberside revised proposals.
Graham Stuart MP has welcomed the amended proposals which he says provide “continuity for the region and do not seek to ‘slice up’ the constituency as previously planned.”
One of the driving factors behind boundary change proposals in the local area is the fact that Hull cannot sustain its existing three constituencies with lower than average electorate numbers. This primarily is what had prompted the proposed incorporation of the ward of South West Holderness into the Hull East constituency.
Following the consultation on the initial proposals, the BCE has now concluded that the evidence favours looking to the west of Hull (notably the Cottingham and Haltemprice areas) in order to find the additional electorate.
Kingston upon Hull West and Haltemprice is the proposed new constituency that would incorporate wards from the existing constituency of Hull West and Hessle as well as wards of East Yorkshire serving Cottingham.
The details of the revised proposals are available on the BCE website. The consultation on the proposals is now open and you can have your say on them until Monday 10th December 2012.