'Far too elaborate about so little': New Parliamentary constituencies for England

Ron Johnston*, David Rossiter, Charles Pattie

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New Parliamentary constituency boundaries for England were implemented in 2007. It took over six years for the Boundary Commission to produce its final recommendations, and the new constituencies - which will probably first be used at a general election in 2009/2010 - are based on electorate data for 2000; they will thus be seriously out-of-date by the time they are first used, and are likely still to be in place for at least one further general election (in 2013-2015?). A major cause for the extenuated process is the public consultation required under the relevant legislation. That consultation - although oriented to the general public - in effect involves little more than an invitation to the political parties to seek to influence the constitution of the new constituencies for their own electoral ends. A more streamlined system is proposed which removes that potential gerrymandering and would ensure that constituencies are not as outdated - and hence unequal in their electorates - as is currently the case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-30
Number of pages27
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


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