The number of seats in Parliament is to fall from 650 to 600. The number of constituencies in the West Midlands must reduce from 59 to 53. The Boundary Commission for England gives further details.
Our Ludlow constituency has around 68,000 electors at present and has to change. The Boundary Commission’s initial proposals are for a cross-county boundary constituency called Ludlow & Leominster, containing 15 wards from Herefordshire and 11 wards from Shropshire – excluding Much Wenlock. Importantly for us, the Much Wenlock division, also comprising Barrow, Broseley Wood, Easthope, Shipton and Stanton Long is proposed to form part of a new constituency called Bridgnorth, Wellington & The Wrekin. Broseley, Worfield, Alveley & Claverley and the Bridgnorth divisions are also included.
A number of individuals and bodies have already responded to the Boundary Commission’s consultation, and you can too by looking at the website: www.bce2018.org.uk Public hearings are taking place and, of the four in the West Midlands, the nearest one is at the Prince Rupert Hotel in Shrewsbury on 7th and 8th November. There will be a second round of proposals in due course before a final decision is made. I asked the Town Council’s October meeting to consider the proposals – these will be back before Councillors in December.