A letter to Members from the Chairman
27th July 2021
Staffordshire Boundary Review Update
I am writing to give you an overview of the proposed changes to Stafford Parliamentary Constituency.
The Boundary Commission for England has published its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries and have invited the public to view and provide feedback on the proposed boundaries as part of an 8-week consultation process.
The 2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies was formally launched in January this year. The Commission is required to 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 Commission is undertaking an independent review of all constituency boundaries in England and will present their final recommendations to Parliament by July 2023.
Members of the public are encouraged to visit www.bcereviews.org.uk to view maps showing the proposed new boundaries and provide feedback before the consultation closes on 2 August 2021. People can comment on anything from where the proposed new boundary lines are, to the names of the constituencies. There will be a further two rounds of consultation in 2022. Following the conclusion of all three consultation periods, the Commission will look at all the evidence received before forming its final recommendations.
Overall, the Party supports the proposals for England.
In Staffordshire we now see a link between South Staffordshire and Dudley, which means that the County retains 12 seats. However, In order to accommodate 12 seats a number of constituencies have seen quite a bit of change, particularly South Staffordshire, Stone and Stafford. Therefore, the Party’s position in Staffordshire is to largely support the Commission’s proposals, with only minor changes.
You can find details of the proposals on the Commission’s website – www.bcereviews.org.uk – and you can view the plans at Stafford Library.
What does this mean for Stafford?
- In a major change, the wards of Maer and Whitmore, Loggerheads, Eccleshall and Gnosall and Woodseaves move from Stone constituency to Stafford.
- The Stafford seat loses areas to its South and East. The wards of St Michael's and Stonefield, Walton and Milwich move from Stone to the proposed new constituency of Stone and Great Wyrley.
- The wards of Haywoods & Hixon and Milford move from Stafford to the new constituency of Stone and Great Wyrley.
- The wards of Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell, Penkridge West, Penkridge South East and Wheaton Aston, Bishopswood and Lapley move from Stafford to the new constituency of Stone and Great Wyrley.
The existing Stone seat is abolished but replaced with the new seat of Stone and Great Wyrley. The new seat combines the northern parts of South Staffs District with Stafford Borough wards to the East of Stafford up to the town of Stone. The Party is arguing for a name change to Stone and Mid Staffordshire.
What can you do?
If members agree with these proposals, then please write in and voice your support. Clearly there are good community links between Eccleshall and Gnosall with the town of Stafford.
Where members oppose the Commission’s initial proposals, you can write to the Commission and say so. But, you must also give reasons, and put forward an alternative configuration, and show how this is superior to the Commission’s proposals in terms of the factors they need to consider according to their rules.
How can you submit your views?
The Commission are now holding an 8-week public consultation period on their proposals and have invited the public’s views. This period will end at 23:59 on Monday 2 August 2021.
There are two ways of making a representation:
- Online via the Commission’s website
- In writing
Online: via the Commission’s website: www.bcereviews.org.uk
There is a web form which you will need to complete. The form only accepts comments up to 10000 characters, so write more detailed representations in a Word document and send it as an attachment.
In writing: Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ
You'll find below a guide to making representations to the Commission, should you wish to do so.
Chairman, Stafford Constituency Conservative Association