What the review is

The Boundary Commission for England Go to https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/ (opens new window) (BCE) has announced a review of parliamentary constituencies in England Go to https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/2023-review/ (opens new window).

The number of parliamentary seats in England is increasing from 533 to 543. The review will decide how to divide these seats between England's parliamentary constituencies. This means that some constituencies will be redrawn or renamed.

Respond to the proposals

As part of the review, the BCE has launched a secondary public consultation on its initially proposed map of constituencies and is inviting the public to view and comment on the proposals. You can:

  • write to them
  • email them
  • speak at a public hearing in your area

To see and comment on the proposals for your area, or view responses from the first consultation, visit the BCE consultation portal Go to https://www.bcereviews.org.uk/ (opens new window) and type in your postcode.

Find your nearest BCE Public Hearing and book a slot to speak

The BCE's proposals for the South West region

  • The number of constituencies in the South West will increase from 55 to 58.
  • By law, every constituency we propose must contain between 69,724 and 77,062 Parliamentary electors (as at 2 March 2020).
  • As far as possible, we try to have regard to local ties, geographic factors, local government boundaries (as they were known at 1 December 2020), existing constituencies, and minimising disruption caused by proposed change.
  • We use local government wards as the building blocks for proposed constituencies, but will consider splitting a ward where there is a strong case for doing so that helps us better respect the factors above.

Find out more

Watch a video Go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU_kn6sSoiesdRZq9fZkhSA (opens new window) about the review.

Read guidance Go to https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/2023-review/south-west/initial-proposals-for-new-parliamentary-constituency-boundaries-in-the-south-west-region/page/6/ (opens new window) about how to respond to the review.

You can see a paper copy of the BCE's proposals by asking at the helpdesk in the Central Library.

If you have any questions about the proposals or the review, email information@boundarycommissionengland.gov.uk.