MPs may see their seats van­ish

Sunday Sun - - Comment&analysis -

BIG changes to the po­lit­i­cal scene in the North East are on the way as the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion pre­pares to launch the next stage of its re­view of con­stituen­cies.

It will pub­lish the lat­est pro­pos­als on Oc­to­ber 17, be­gin­ning an eight-week con­sul­ta­tion.

Ini­tial pro­pos­als pub­lished last year sug­gested the North East should lose four MPs.

And some con­stituen­cies will cross lo­cal coun­cil bound­aries - with res­i­dents in New­cas­tle and Northum­ber­land shar­ing the same MP.

The changes were drawn up by the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Eng­land and de­signed to en­sure ev­ery con­stituency has roughly the same num­ber of vot­ers, while cut­ting the to­tal num­ber of MPs in the House of Com­mons from 650 to 600.

The North East has 29 MPs, but this num­ber will be cut to 25.

Northum­ber­land cur­rently has four MPs - but this will be cut to three MPs ded­i­cated to serv­ing the county. New­cas­tle would have two MPs, down from three now.

Among seats that would be split up are Wans­beck, held by Ian Lav­ery, and New­cas­tle Cen­tral, held by Chi On­wu­rah. Wans­beck Labour MP Ian Lav­ery

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