What re­view will mean for you

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Debby Thomp­son debby.thomp­son@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Debby15

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.

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