Littleport voters could cross the border into South West Norfolk for their parliamentary representation if changes to constituency boundaries go ahead
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Voters in Littleport could find themselves with a new parliamentary representative if proposals to change political boundaries go ahead.
The Boundary Commission has published its initial proposals which suggests that Littleport West and Littleport East wards cross over the boundary and become part of the South West Norfolk constituency. It is currently part of the North East Cambridgeshire seat, which is occupied by Conservative MP Steve Barclay.
The report published this week is the commission’s initial recommendations which are now part of a 12 week consultation which runs until December 5.
People can express their views on the proposals up to that date.
The commission is looking at altering almost every constituency in the Anglia region, to cut the number of MPs. The East of England is set to lose only one MP, because of the area’s rising population.
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Essex will be the county to lose the Anglia region’s one MP but elsewhere constituents, like those in Littleport, may have to cross county borders for the first time.
The reason for redrawing parliamentary constituencies is to try to make the number of voters in each seat more equal.
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The aim is to make every constituency have as close to 75,000 voters as possible. Every constituency must have between 71,031 and 78,507 voters.
It is the need to make voter numbers balance that has prompted the Commission to propose that some constituents, like those in Littleport, to cross the county border.
As well as moving Littleport from North East Cambs to South West Norfolk, it is also proposed to include the Cambridgeshire villages of Bassingborne, Melbourn and the Mordens in the new North East Hertfordshire seat.
All responses, to the various changes proposed, which will see the overall number of MPs reduced from 650 to 600, will be published.
There will then be a further four-week secondary consultation period which will allow those interested to see what others have said about the proposals and to then either support or counter those views.
Once that stage is complete the commission will analyse responses and will come back with revised proposals for the areas concerned. This is likely to happen towards the end of next year and will include further consultation.
Final recommendations will be drawn up and set out in a report to the Government, which will then be presented to Parliament.
The report must be with the Government by September 2018.
The consultation lasts until December and there will be public hearings across the region.