Voters in Leeds West and Pudsey constituencies will next month be given a final chance to comment on plans to change the number of MPs who represent us.
The Boundary Commission for England will publish its revised proposals – and launch a consultation on them – on November 8.
The consultation will end on December 5 and final recommendations will be then submitted to Parliament by July 2023.
Plans, unveiled last year, could see the Leeds West constituency lost altogether. Proposed changes include:
- Pudsey constituency to lose Guiseley, Rawdon and Horsforth. Under the reforms it would cover Pudsey, Calverley, Farsley, parts of Bramley, Stanningley, Farnley and Wortley.
- A new ‘Headingley’ constituency would be created and group together Armley, Kirkstall, parts of Bramley, Weetwood, Hyde Park and Headingley itself.
- Leeds North West constituency to take on Horsforth, Guiseley and Rawdon and also cover Adel, Wharfedale, Otley and Yeadon.
The Boundary Commission says it is in the process of trying to re-jig the UK’s Parliamentary constituencies, to ensure MPs represent relatively even numbers of people.
At the moment, Leeds is divided in a relatively straightforward way. It has eight constituencies and only Morley shares an MP with a place outside of the city, as it’s twinned with Outwood in Wakefield.
But under the draft proposals, Rothwell would become part of the Wakefield constituency, Kippax and Methley would be grouped together with Selby and Wetherby and Harewood would be mingled with the Hambleton and southern Harrogate areas.
It is expected any changes will brought in ahead of the next general election (currently due to take place in 2024).
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WLD reported last week on Bramley & Stanningley Labour councillor Kevin Ritchie’s concerns that the proposals would ‘rip up Leeds’.