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Revised constituency boundaries to split the Isle of Wight in two revealed

The revised Isle of Wight constituency boundaries.

The revised Isle of Wight constituency boundaries.

Martin Neville

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@IwcpMartin

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:24

REVISED plans by the Boundary Commission to split the Isle of Wight into two constituencies with two MPs have been published today (Tuesday).
The inclusion of Wootton in the proposed East Wight constituency is the main change from previously published plans.
Following a decision by Parliament to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK, and to ensure the number of electors in each constituency is equal, the commission was asked to make recommendations about where the boundaries of English constituencies should be.
An initial 12-week consultation was held in the autumn last year, giving people the first chance to view and comment on the plans, followed by a second consultation in the spring.
On the Island, the commission has recommended an east/west division, with the western constituency including the towns of Newport, Cowes and East Cowes as well as rural West Wight and the eastern constituency taking in the towns and villages along north east and eastern areas of the Isle of Wight, including Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor and now Wootton.
From today, people can go to the Boundary Commission’s website to view the new plans.
Islanders have until December 11 to have their say.
Following this third and final consultation, the Boundary Commissioners will consider all the evidence submitted throughout the process. They will then decide on their final recommendations before submitting them to Parliament in September 2018.
If agreed by Parliament, the new constituencies will be in use at the next scheduled General Election in 2022.
Isle of Wight initial plans

The initial constituency boundaries for the Isle of Wight (highlighted in red), which have now changed to include Wootton in the east rather than west. 

 


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