West Norwood to lose Knights Hill ward

Knights Hill, one of the  3 wards  in West Norwood,  is to move under the new  Streatham & Mitcham MP’s constituency according to latest proposals by the Boundary Commission. Check this map to see your new constituency  https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/6485?postcode=SE270HS

The Boundary Commission is aiming to give each MP the same number of constituents, between 71,000 and 79,000. Despite London’s rising population that means a drop from 73 MPs in London down to 68 MPs.

Helen Hayes MP for West Norwood

Helen Hayes MP for West Norwood

The calculations are based on the number of registered electors at the end of 2015. In London a high proportion of people move each year and do not always re-register immediately.  A new process of registration had just been introduced for 2015 requiring new electors to provide their NI number for the first time. This also reduced the number of residents registered to vote.

Across the country it is estimated 2m voters were not counted in the figures used by the Boundary Commission.  The highly respected Electoral Reform Association argues the new boundaries for MP’s constituencies should be based on the number of residents not the number of registered voters – http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/boundary-reform#sthash.JSFDcjmb.dpuf

To comment on the proposals for the new constituencies for MPs go to https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/add/informed-representation/6485

Deadline for comments is  5th December 2016.

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