Boundary Commission Proposals

Background

The number of MPs is set to be reduced from 650 to 600, with each constituency required to represent between 71,031 and 78,507 electors, according to the electoral register on the 1st December 2015.

All three existing City of Nottingham constituencies are “well outside” the desired electoral range set out in the BCE (Boundary Commision for England) criteria (they currently range from 57-65,000). Because of this, the Boundary Commission have proposed considerable changes within and around the City, with all three current constituencies needing to acquire a substantial number of additional electors to fall within the desired electoral range.

As a result the BCE has proposed the following changes to the three current Nottingham Constituencies see Appendix 1:

  • The existing Nottingham South constituency will extend south‑westwards to include seven wards, including the town of Beeston from the existing Broxtowe constituency, but no longer across the River Trent. They propose that this constituency should be called Nottingham South and Beeston
  • The existing Nottingham East Constituency extends eastwards to include eight wards from the existing Gedling constituency, including Carlton. They propose to call this new constituency Nottingham East and Carlton
  • For Nottingham North, Bilborough ward will transfer to the proposed new Broxtowe & Hucknall constituency, but it will gain Sherwood and Berridge wards from the existing Nottingham East constituency

Under the BCE proposals, city constituencies would cross multiple local authority boundaries, and there would be a total of five constituencies crossing the City of Nottingham boundary, as opposed to the current three within it. This would result in the clear accountability between constituents, local authorities and MPs being eroded.

Within the BCE proposals, there are other knock on impacts for the City of Nottingham and constituencies outside the city, including the two Clifton wards in the city transferring to a new West Bridgford constituency.

 

Nottingham City Council counter proposals to the boundary commission for England

Nottingham City Council believes it is in the best interests of the residents of Nottingham to limit the number of constituencies that intersect the city and maintain the current MP representation along existing local authority boundaries as much as possible.

This will mean that the level of accountability between constituents, local authorities and local MPs is maintained. Confusion for Nottingham residents will also be reduced by minimising the crossover of multiple local authority boundaries.

To stay within the BCE’s proposed thresholds for constituency sizes, and reduce the impact of any changes, the City Council is proposing two constituencies that stay within the current city boundary, and a third extending into a neighbouring district.

The counter proposal is set out below.

Counter proposal extending Nottingham East

Nottingham East extends to include Carlton and Netherfield, and Nottingham South would extend through Central Nottingham to include Arboretum and Berridge wards but maintain the existing city boundary. Nottingham North gains Leen Valley ward within the city (see Appendix 2).

This option gives the minimal level of change to the City that is possible to meet the BCE’s electoral thresholds, whilst still allowing the BCE scope to create County constituencies which fit within its thresholds. It also maintains the current number of MPs with constituencies covering the city.

Appendix 3 gives a breakdown by ward of both the BCE’s proposals and the Nottingham City Council counter proposal. 

Appendix 1

Boundary commision of Nottingham

 

Appendix 2

Boundary commission in extended Nottingham

Nottingham North

Ward

District

Electorate

Aspley

City of Nottingham

9,855

Basford

City of Nottingham

10,921

Berridge

City of Nottingham

10,694

Bestwood

City of Nottingham

11,216

Bulwell

City of Nottingham

10,988

Bulwell Forest

City of Nottingham

10,127

Sherwood

City of Nottingham

10,027

Total

 

73,828

Nottingham East and Carlton

 

Ward

District

Electorate 

Arboretum

City of Nottingham 

6,187

Dales

City of Nottingham 

10,035

Mapperley

City of Nottingham 

9,964

St Ann's

City of Nottingham 

10,225

Carlton

Gedling 

4,072

Carlton Hill

Gedling 

5,934

Cavendish

Gedling 

4,082

Colwick

Gedling 

2,015

Gedling

Gedling 

4,415

Netherfield

Gedling 

3,867

Phoenix

Gedling 

4,131

Porchester

Gedling 

6,225

Total

 

71,152

 

Nottingham South and Beeston

Ward

District

Electorate 

Attenborough and Chilwell East

Broxtowe

5,538

Beeston Central

Broxtowe

3,431

Beeston North

Broxtowe

3,790

Beeston Rylands

Broxtowe

3,432

Beeston West

Broxtowe

3,773

Chilwell West

Broxtowe

5,468

Toton and Chilwell Meadows

Broxtowe

6,181

Bridge

City of Nottingham

8,188

Dunkirk and Lenton

City of Nottingham

5,005

Leen Valley

City of Nottingham

7,038

Radford and Park

City of Nottingham

10,339

Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey

City of Nottingham

4,488

Wollaton West

City of Nottingham

10,763

Total

 

77,434

Broxtowe and Hucknall

Ward

District

Electorate 

Hucknall Central

Ashfield 

5,183

Hucknall North

Ashfield 

7,490

Hucknall South

Ashfield 

5,321

Hucknall West

Ashfield 

6,931

Awsworth, Cossall and Trowell

Broxtowe

4,050

Bramcote

Broxtowe

5,671

Greasley

Broxtowe

5,228

Kimberley

Broxtowe

5,030

Nuthall East & Strelley

Broxtowe

3,833

Stapleford North

Broxtowe

3,282

Stapleford South East

Broxtowe

3,687

Stapleford South West

Broxtowe

3,827

Watnall and Nuthall West

Broxtowe

3,550

Bilborough

City of Nottingham

11,620

Total 

 

74,703

West Bridgford

Ward

District  

Electorate 

Clifton North

City of Nottingham

9,537

Clifton South

City of Nottingham 

10,154

Abbey

Rushcliffe

4,091

Compton Acres

Rushcliffe

3,844

Cotgrave

Rushcliffe

5,397

Cropwell

Rushcliffe

2,048

East Bridgford

Rushcliffe

2,255

Edwalton

Rushcliffe

2,973

Gamston North

Rushcliffe

1,871

Gamston South

Rushcliffe

1,859

Lady Bay

Rushcliffe

3,712

Lutterell

Rushcliffe

3,862

Musters

Rushcliffe

3,400

Nevile & Langar

Rushcliffe

2,186

Radcliffe on Trent

Rushcliffe

6,464

Ruddington

Rushcliffe

5,540

Tollerton

Rushcliffe

1,963

Total 

 

75,094

Extending Nottingham

Nottingham City Council Counter Proposal

Extending Nottingham East

Nottingham North

Ward

District

Electorate

Aspley

City of Nottingham 

9,855

Basford

City of Nottingham 

10,921

Bestwood

City of Nottingham 

11,216

Bilborough

City of Nottingham 

11,620

Bulwell

City of Nottingham 

10,988

Bulwell Forest

City of Nottingham 

10,127

Leen Valley

City of Nottingham 

7,038

Total 

 

71,765

Nottingham East 

 

Ward

District 

Electorate 

Dales

City of Nottingham

10,035

Mapperley

City of Nottingham

9,964

Sherwood

City of Nottingham

10,027

St Ann's

City of Nottingham

10,225

Carlton

Gedling

4,072

Carlton Hill

Gedling

5,934

Cavendish

Gedling

4,082

Colwick

Gedling

2,015

Gedling

Gedling

4,415

Netherfield

Gedling

3,867

Phoenix

Gedling

4,131

Porchester

Gedling

6,225

Total

 

74,992

 

Nottingham South

Ward

District

Electorate 

Arboretum

City of Nottingham 

6,187

Berridge

City of Nottingham 

10,694

Bridge

City of Nottingham 

8,188

Clifton North

City of Nottingham 

9,537

Clifton South

City of Nottingham 

10,154

Dunkirk and Lenton

City of Nottingham 

5,005

Radford and Park

City of Nottingham 

10,339

Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey

City of Nottingham 

4,488

Wollaton West

City of Nottingham 

10,763

Total

 

75,355