MPs may see their seats vanish
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