Scarborough and Whitby unaffected by electoral boundary map shake-up

Voters in Scarborough and Whitby have been unaffected by proposed changes to Parliamentary constituencies announced overnight.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 9:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 9:30 am

The Boundary Commission released its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries as it looks to ensure that approximately the same number of people are represented by each MP.

This means the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543 but under the proposals Conservative Robert Goodwill's Scarborough and Whitby seat has not been changed as it already contains the required number of electors.

It is one of only a handful of seats not to be affected as under 10 per cent of the existing constituencies were not touched.

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The proposal to change constituency boundaries is the biggest reform in decades.

Residents living in Filey and Hunmanby will also still be part of Conservative Kevin Hollinrake's Thirsk and Malton constituency, though some changes have been made to the seat's boundary with Richmond.

A spokesman for the Boundary Commission said: "The public are now able to view and provide feedback on the proposed constituencies as part of an eight-week consultation process.

"The 2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies was formally launched in January this year. The Commission is required to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal; in doing so, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543.

"The Commission is undertaking an independent review of all constituency boundaries in England and will present final recommendations to Parliament by July 2023."

The public can visit to view maps showing the proposed new boundaries and provide feedback before the consultation closes on August 2.

There will be a further two rounds of consultation in 2022. Following the conclusion of all three consultation periods, the Commission will look at all the evidence received and form its final recommendations.

Tim Bowden, secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, added: “Today’s proposals mark the first time people get to see what the new map of

Parliamentary constituencies might look like. But they are just the Commission’s initial thoughts.

"Help us draw the line to make the number of electors in each Parliamentary constituency more equal.

"Each constituency we recommend is required by law to contain between 69,724 and 77,062 electors, meaning there will be significant change to current boundaries. We want to hear the views of the public to ensure that we get the new boundaries for Parliamentary constituencies right.”