MPs' Seats To Disappear
13 September 2011, 12:45
Several MPs could see their constituencies vanish under new proposals to cut the number sitting in Parliament.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Chancellor George Osborne are among those who will see their seats disappear under provisional proposals drawn up by the Boundary Commission for England. Mid Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries (pictured) - who initiated a Parliamentary debate on abortion in September 2011 - could also find herself a casualty.
Across England, the plans would see the total number of MPs cut from 650 to 600.
Nadine Dorries' (pictured) Mid Bedfordshire seat will also disappear under the proposals, expected to be in place for the next General Election, scheduled to take place in 2015. People who used to vote in Mid Bedfordshire will find themselves voting to elect another Bedfordshire MP. Overall, Bedfordshire will see its total number of MPs reduced from seven to six.
Another big change will see people in Bletchley in Milton Keynes no longer voting for a Milton Keynes MP. In 2010, people in Bletchley helped elect Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart, but under the new plans Bletchley will be included in the Buckingham constituency, currently represented by the Speaker, John Bercow.
People in Northamptonshire will still elect seven MPs, but under the plans one of the county's constituencies - Daventry - will spread over the border into Leicestershire, to cover Lutterworth.
People in Hertfordshire will elect ten MPs, but some of those will spread over the border to also cover some areas of Bedfordshire and the names of some constituencies will be changed.