What review will mean for you
WITH former Prime Minister David Cameron stepping down as an MP and a review of constituency areas that could abolish seats held by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and former Chancellor George Osborne, the English political map is set to change.
But what will boundary changes mean to the residents of South Bucks and Chiltern?
A report published by the Boundary Commission for England on Tuesday seeks to change electoral constituencies to bring the number of MPs in England from 533 to 501.
Each constituency must have an electorate of between 71,031 and 78,507. In Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, of the seven current parliamentary constituencies, four have an electorate within that quota. But both Milton Keynes North and South have a larger electorate and Chesham & Amersham a smaller one.
The Commission is proposing every Bucks constituency changes bar one – Beaconsfield, currently held by MP Dominic Grieve.
To reduce the size of the two Milton Keynes constituencies, and bump Chesham & Amersham up, it is proposed wards are swapped in the north of the county between the Milton Keynes North and South, Aylesbury Vale and Buckingham. Chesham & Amersham ward, currently held by MP Cheryl Gillan, would be extended to include Lacey Green, Speen and the Hampdens from Wycombe and Greater Hughenden from Aylesbury Vale under the proposals. The total number of constituencies in the county would remain the same.
Mrs Gillan said: “Mine stays exactly the same as it is now, except I get the Hughendens, Lacey Green and Speen, so I get up to approximately 77,000 voters, which is very much as I anticipated.”
She added: “I will have a few more people but I know that part very well. If that’s where it ends up I will be very happy.”
Consultation on the proposed changes began on Tuesday. It runs until December 5 and although public meetings are planned in the South East, none will be held in Buckinghamshire.
Whatever changes are agreed will come into force prior to the General Election in 2018.