New constituency proposals to be announced in 2 weeks

The Boundary Commission has confirmed its intention to publish its new proposals for reorganising parliamentary constituencies – which could impact Colnbrook – in two weeks’ time.

Will the Boundary Commission continue with its aborted 2013 preference of transferring Colnbrook with Poyle to Spelthorne?

Will the Boundary Commission continue with its aborted 2013 preference of transferring Colnbrook with Poyle to Spelthorne?

Speculation over whether Colnbrook with Poyle will stay in the Windsor constituency or move elsewhere could be at an end soon.  The Boundary Commission for England has confirmed that it will set out its recommendations for new parliamentary boundaries on Tuesday 13 September 2016.

In advance of the publication the Commission will be hosting a briefing for the media on Thursday 8 September 2016 in Westminster and setting out arrangements for issuing embargoed pre-release editions of the proposals.

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In its aborted last attempt to reorganise boundaries, the Commission believed that the transfer of Colnbrook with Poyle to Spelthorne was the simplest solution to the growth in the electorate locally – and its mandate to create a fewer number of equally sized constituencies in the South East.  Things have changed, however, as the move to Individual Voter Registration has resulted in a considerable fall in those registered to vote.  In the Slough area alone the number has fallen from 92,593 in the 2010 General Election to 88,993 by 1st December year, a slightly bigger drop than the average across the UK as a whole.

The publication of the proposals will initiate a 12-week consultation.

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