New Headingley parliamentary constituency among Boundary Commission proposals
The boundary commission has put together its early report on changes to parliamentary constituencies around the country, which means you could be represented by a different MP after the next general election.
What are they doing and why?
Each MP in Westminster is elected by and represents people in a geographical area, known as a constituency, which ideally has roughly 70,000 voters.
Due to population changes in different parts of the country, the boundary commission has to redraw the constituency boundaries every few years.
If they didn’t do this, you may be left with an unfair situation in which areas with massively differing populations are represented by the same number of people in Parliament.
Officials therefore want to change the number of constituencies in England from 533 to 543.
The report, out this week, stated: “We have the task of periodically reviewing the boundaries of all the Parliamentary constituencies in England. We are currently conducting a review on the basis of legislative rules most recently updated by Parliament in 2020.
“Those rules tell us that we must make recommendations for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries by 1 July 2023.”
It added that each constituency must have an electorate that is “no smaller than 69,724 and no larger than 77,062”.
So how would things in Leeds change?
According to the report, the biggest change appears to be that there would no longer be a Leeds West constituency, currently represented by Labour’s Rachel Reeves. Parts of the constituency would be subsumed into Pudsey and the new Headingley constituency.
There would also no longer be an Elmet and Rothwell constituency, currently held by Tory Alec Shelbrooke, areas of which would be split between several constituencies.
The current Morley and Outwood seat would no longer include parts of Wakefield, and would instead encompass Middleton and Robin Hood in south Leeds.
The Leeds Council wards of Rothwell; Kippax & Methley; Wetherby; and Harewood would be represented by seats outside Leeds altogether. These wards would still be represented on Leeds City Council, however – as the review does not affect council ward boundaries.
Which constituency would I be in?
Below is each parliamentary constituency in Leeds, and which council ward areas would be included within them.
Morley: Ardsley & Robin Hood; Middleton Park, Morley North; Morley South.
Headingley: Armley; Headingley & Hyde Park; Kirkstall; Weetwood.
Leeds Central: Beeston & Holbeck; Burmantofts & Richmond Hill; part of Gipton & Harehills; Hunslet & Riverside; Little London & Woodhouse.
Leeds East: Cross Gates & Whinmoor; Garforth & Swillington; part of Gipton & Harehills; Killingbeck & Seacroft; Temple Newsam.
Leeds North East: Alwoodley; Chapel Allerton; Moortown; Roundhay.
Leeds North West: Adel & Wharfedale; Guiseley & Rawdon; Horsforth; Otley & Yeadon.
Pudsey: Bramley & Stanningley; Calverley & Farsley; Farnley & Wortley; Pudsey.
Wetherby and Harewood would be subsumed by the Wetherby & Easingwold constituency.
Kippax & Methley will be swallowed up by a new Selby constituency.
Rothwell would be represented by a new Wakefield constituency.
How set in stone is this?
They’ve only just started consulting on the changes, which will take place over eight weeks until August 2, 2021.
The Boundary Commission report stated: “We encourage everyone to use this opportunity to help us shape the new constituencies – the more responses we receive, the more informed our decisions will be when considering whether to revise our proposals.”
The portal to make comments is at www.bcereviews.org.uk, and has more information about our proposals.