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Changes to constituency boundaries

Plans to change St Helens' parliamentary constituency boundaries have been announced.

Under new government legislation, the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) must ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal; in doing so, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543. 

The rules also require that every constituency across the UK – apart from five exceptions – must have an electorate between 69,724 and 77,062 people.

The BCE's proposed St Helens North constituency no longer includes the Parr ward, but now includes the Town Centre ward. Its proposed St Helens South constituency includes all the remaining wards within the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, and also the Prescot South ward from the Borough of Knowsley. 

The BCE is holding an eight-week consultation until 2 August 2021, allowing you to have your say. It needs your help to shape its final recommendations, to make sure it takes into account local views and knowledge. It considers every piece of feedback that it receives, whether that is about where the constituency boundaries should be or the name of the constituency.

It is easy to get involved. To view interactive maps showing the proposed changes in St Helens, and to submit your feedback, go to
www.bcereviews.org.uk.

FAQs from the Boundary Commission for England

We have been asked by Parliament to review constituencies in England to ensure that there is a more even distribution of electors across them. Due to population changes since the last review, the number of electors in some constituencies is much higher than in others. The 2023 Boundary Review, which was launched in January this year, will make the number of electors in each constituency more equal, thus ensuring individual votes are of broadly equal weight. In making these required changes, the number of constituencies in England must increase from 533 to 543.

The Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020 requires the Commission to base this review on electorate data from 2 March 2020. According to the UK’s electorate figures published on 5 January 2021 by the Office for National Statistics, each constituency that we recommend must contain no less than 69,724 Parliamentary electors, and no more than 77,062 (except two ‘protected’ constituencies for the Isle of Wight).This is essentially the mean average number of electors for each constituency. England will be allocated 543 constituencies for the new review, which constitutes an increase of ten constituencies.

The number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543, and each will need to have a similar number of electors. To implement these requirements, there will be wide scale change to the majority of constituencies. View the proposals online at www.bcereviews.org.uk for your particular area to find out more.

The Boundary Commission will make its final recommendations to Parliament by 1 July 2023. The Government must turn the recommendations of the BCE (and those of the equivalent Commissions for the other three parts of the UK) into an ‘Order in Council’ that implements the recommendations. The constituencies set out in the Order will then be implemented for the next General Election after the date on which the legislation is approved.

The Boundary Commission for England is independent and impartial and will not take into account patterns of voting or the results of elections when reviewing constituency boundaries. Nor do the political parties’ views on where boundaries should be have any more weight than those of members of the public.

Initial proposals were published on 8 June 2021, with final recommendations submitted to Parliament in the summer of 2023.

We want to make sure that the final recommendations have taken local views and knowledge into consideration.

You can visit www.bcereviews.org.uk to view the proposed map of constituencies and share your views.

No. The boundary changes only relate to Parliamentary constituencies (the area an MP is elected to represent in Parliament). Services and council tax in your local area are set by your local authority and this review does not change local authority boundaries.

After the final report from all four Parliamentary Boundary Commissions has been laid by the Speaker, the Government is required to submit to the Privy Council an Order that gives effect to all four Commissions’ recommendations. After the Privy Council approves the Order, the new constituencies take effect at the next General Election. Any by-elections held in the meantime have to be held on the basis of the old (existing) constituencies.

Possibly. As well as looking at where the boundaries of constituencies should be, the BCE will recommend a specific name for each constituency. Generally, the more a constituency has changed, the more likely it is that the BCE will recommend a change of name. The Commission welcomes views on the naming of proposed constituencies during the consultation.