The independent Boundary Commission is currently undertaking a boundary review as the govenrment seeks to reduce the number of MPs in the House of Commons. The plans will see some constituencies change and others merge as the number of MPs throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland drops from 650 to 600.

The coalition government claims that these boundary changes will make constituency size more uniform across the country and therefore each seat would reflect a fairer result.

The initial proposals of the commission were due to be released to MPs earlier today, being publicly published from midnight tonight. Rumours re the proposals have been rife on the internet today, and one blogger, Guido Fawkes, has displayed what appears to be PDF copies of the commissions proposals on his site.

In the PDF which purports to show proposed changes for the West Midlands there are suggested changes to the Northfield constituency, a seat currently held by Labour MP Richard Burden, who has held the seat since 1992.

Current boundaries. Click for larger view.

The document suggests that Northfield constiuency (currently Northfield, Longbridge, Kings Norton and Weoley wards) will cease to include the Weoley ward, instead having the Bournville ward.

Weoley ward would move to a new Harborne constituency, together with Bartley Green, Harborne, Quinton and Sandwell Council ward Old Warley.

We’ll have to wait until midnight to find out if the proposals leaked are accurate.

If they are, how will they affect results at the next general election?

A consultation event will be held at the Copthorne Hotel in Birmingham on November 3rd & 4th 2011 and you will also be able to submit your opinions to the commission in writing, by email or via an online form.

Keep an eye on the Boundary Commission’s West Midlands page for more details as they become available.

Read more:

English boundary shake-up awaited (BBC)

Alleged leaked proposal document for the West Midlands (Guido Fawkes’ blog)

Independent Boundary Commision’s West Midlands page



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