Will Glastonbury get a new MP under changes announced today?

  Posted: 08.06.21 at 10:02 by Tim Lethaby

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Planned changes to General Election boundaries could see Glastonbury moved into a new constituency with Street and Somerton, away from the Wells area.

The Boundary Commission for England says the aim is to make Parliament fairer by giving each MP a roughly similar number of voters.

So the current political area, under James Heappey MP, would be changed to see a new Glastonbury and Somerton Constituency created to the south and villages like Moorlinch, Shapwick and Catcott move in to a new Wells and Mendip Hills Constituency.

Scotland and Wales will see the number of MPs cut - while England gains 10 seats overall.

The changes are due to happen in 2023.

The initial proposals will now be subject to consultations and revisions, with this first running, for eight weeks before closing on August 2.

A second consultation with public hearings will then get under way in spring 2022, followed by a final four-week consultation on revised plans in autumn 2022.

Final recommendations are due by July 1 2023, after which the government has four months to alter the plans.

The changes will only come into effect in late 2023, which could be be too late for the next election if the prime minister decides to call it early.

You can see the new boundary lines via this link: the Boundary Commission map

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