How will changes to parliamentary constituencies effect Wealden?

Under radical proposals to cut the number of MPs by the next General Election the current Wealden constituency will be divided into two.

A new constituency called High Weald will be created which will contain Crowborough.  The proposed High Weald constituency will also include Robertsbridge, Cranbrook, Tenterden and Biddenden.

The new constituency would cross the East Sussex / Kent county boundary.  The Boundary Commission for England in their report published today have said:

We considered that the similarity of areas on both sides of the county boundary and the geographical nature of the Weald meant that this was the most suitable place in which to create a constituency across the county boundary.

high-weald-boundary-changesThe villages in and around the Ashdown Forest, Uckfield, Polegate and the southern areas of Wealden constituecy will merge with Lewes to form a constituency named Lewes and Uckfield.  Newhaven, currently part of the Lewes constituency, would in future be part of Brighton East.

Most constituencies are affected by the bid to cut the number of MPs in the Commons from 650 to 600 and create equal sized seats.

You can see the full proposals for the South East here: www.bce2018.org.uk.

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