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How will proposed constituency boundary changes affect Bexley?

16:38 13 September 2016

There are proposals for a Crayford and Erith constituency

There are proposals for a Crayford and Erith constituency

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Proposals to reshape local parliamentary constituencies have been put forward today, in a bid to create equal-sized seats for MPs.

Across England, there are currently 533 seats, but proposals set out by the Boundary Commission for England will see that number fall to 501.

The proposals would not change local authorities.

The report explains some of the possible changes: “We propose a Woolwich constituency which includes three wards from the existing Greeniwch and Woolwich constituency, four wards from the existing Erith and Thamesmead constituency, and the Bexley borough ward of St. Michael’s from the existing Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

“Our proposed Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency retains all eight wards from the existing constituency, and adds the Danson Park ward from the existing Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

“We also propose an Erith and Crayford constituency, which includes four wards from the existing Erith and Thamesmead constituency, and six wards from the existing Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.”

Current Thamesmead and Erith MP, Teresa Pearce said: “Locally these initial proposals are set to split parts of our community, with half of Thamesmead set across two different constituencies.

“The original aim of the Boundary Review was to equalise the number of voters in each constituency, but these boundaries have been drawn up based on an out-of-date version of the electoral register with nearly two million voters missing nationally.

“I would urge all residents to check out the proposals and have their say during the public consultation.”

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath & Crayford, commented: “I shall be studying the proposals carefully to assess the consequences for our communities in the London Borough of Bexley, and then consider what representations I will make. I hope local people will also study the proposals and make their views known to the Boundary Commission.”

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