Parliamentary boundaries are not the same as local government boundaries, although they can have similar names and cover similar geographical areas.
The UK is split into 650 parliamentary constituencies. The voters in each constituency elect one Member of Parliament to represent them in the House of Commons.
Each constituency should have roughly the same number of voters, which can mean that constituencies must spread across multiple local authority areas to achieve this.
The boundaries are reviewed periodically to ensure that this stays balanced, even if the population changes over time.
The parliamentary boundaries in England were most recently reviewed in July 2023. See below for a summary of their recommendations, which will come into force for the next UK Parliamentary general election.
How does a parliamentary boundary review work?
Reviews in England are conducted by the Boundary Commission for England (BCE), which is an independent and impartial public body.
The Commission must follow certain rules when conducting their review, taking many factors into consideration, such as local electorate figures, existing local government boundaries, community ties, accessibility, and geography of the area.
All proposals are subject to several rounds of public consultation to ensure that the final recommendations are reflective of the communities they represent.
The final recommendations made by the Commission will be used at the next UK Parliamentary general election after the publication of their report.
Does a parliamentary boundary review affect my council services?
No. The review is only to determine which area an MP is elected to represent in the House of Commons. It does not change your local authority boundaries, so you will continue to receive services from Hinckley and Bosworth even if your constituency changes.
The 2023 parliamentary boundary review
The Commission published their most recent recommendations for the parliamentary boundaries in England in June 2023.
The review began in 2021 with initial proposals, followed by three rounds of public consultation. You can read the report in full at the Boundary Commission for England website (.GOV.uk)
The Commission recommended that the following wards in the borough are part of Hinckley and Bosworth constituency (formerly Bosworth constituency):
- Barlestone Nailstone and Osbaston
- Burbage Sketchley and Stretton
- Burbage St Catherines and Lash Hill
- Cadeby Carlton and Market Bosworth with Shackerstone
- Earl Shilton
- Hinckley Castle
- Hinckley Clarendon
- Hinckley De Montfort
- Hinckley Trinity
- Newbold Verdon with Desford and Peckleton
- Twycross and Witherley with Sheepy
Hinckley and Bosworth constituency also includes Appleby and Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe wards, which are both from North West Leicestershire district. Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council is responsible for administering parliamentary elections for this constituency.
The Commission recommended that the following wards in the borough are part of Mid Leicestershire constituency (formerly Charnwood constituency):
- Markfield Stanton and Field Head
- Ratby Bagworth and Thornton
Mid Leicestershire constituency also includes wards from Blaby district and Charnwood borough. Charnwood Borough Council is responsible for administering parliamentary elections for this constituency.
Have your say
The current parliamentary boundary review is now closed, but the next one will be due to be completed in 2031.
Opportunities to feedback on any future parliamentary boundary changes will be highlighted here.
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Last updated: 04/07/2023 16:27