Update: In May 2020 the Government introduced a new Bill. If it is passed, the number of MPs will be fixed at 650 and the 2018 Review will not be implemented.
The next review will be in 2023 and it will have to be completed by October 2031. Recommendations of the Boundary Commissions will be no longer require Parliamentary approval and Government ministers will have no power to alter recommendations.
The Boundary Commission for England has today published new proposals for Parliamentary constituency boundaries.
Under their proposals, a new cross Kent-East Sussex constituency will be created called Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough. The southern areas of current Wealden constituency will merge with Lewes to form a constituency named Lewes and Uckfield.
A decision was taken by Parliament to reduce the number of constituencies from 650 to 600. To ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is equal, the Boundary Commission has been asked to make independent recommendations about where the boundaries of English constituencies should be.
In the previous consultation a constituency of High Weald was going to be created which would have contained Crowborough along with Robertsbridge, Cranbrook, Tenterden and Biddenden. Based on what the public told the Commission about their local communities, they have decided to revise over half of their initial proposals.
The public have until 11th December to give their views on the latest proposals. If they are adopted by MPs, the changes would come into effect in 2022.
Click on the following link to view the plans and comment: www.bce2018.org.uk.