Is Your MP's Area Safe Or Squeezed?

Proposals for sweeping changes to Commons constituencies are being announced in a first step to cut the number of MPs - with Labour looking the biggest loser.

Boundary commissioners are setting out alterations which will reduce the total of MPs in England from 533 to 502 in time for a 2015 general election.

This is the first move in a UK-wide scheme to limit the seats to 600, down from the current 650.

It was brought in by the coalition Government in an attempt to iron out discrepancies in constituency electorates.

What could it mean for us in Cambridgeshire?

CAMBRIDGE * No change (Queen Edith’s ward of Cambridge to remain in South Cambridgeshire)

CHATTERIS * Moved into the New St Ives constituency and including 15 wards from Huntingdonshire, St. Ives, Huntingdon and seven wards from Fenland.

EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE * Included in a new Newmarket and Ely constituency.

ELY * Included in a new Newmarket and Ely constituency, together with the whole of the District of East Cambridgeshire, which almost entirely encircles the town.

EYE * To be moved into the newly created Peterborough South including existing Peterborough wards south of the Nene, Thorney and 7 wards from Fenland, including Whittlesey (currently in North East Cambridgeshire), and 4 wards from the north of Huntingdonshire, including Ramsey and Yaxley, from the existing North West Cambridgeshire constituency.

HUNTINGDON * 15 wards from the current District of Huntingdonshire, including St Ives, and seven wards from the District of Fenland, including the town of Chatteris.

MARCH * Along with Wisbech will be placed in the newley created Wisbech and Downham Market constituency - also containing 13 wards from the west of the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, including the town of Downham Market.

NEWMARKET * Included in a new Newmarket and Ely constituency, together with the whole of the District of East Cambridgeshire, which almost entirely encircles the town.

NORTH EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE * Along with Huntingdon and South Cambridgeshire will be changed to accommodate changes required to the NW Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, and South East Cambridgeshire constituencies.

NORTH WEST CAMBRIDGESHIRE * Along with Huntingdon and South Cambridgeshire will be changed to accommodate changes required to the NE Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, and South East Cambridgeshire constituencies.

PETERBOROUGH * Two be split into two - Peterborough North and Peterborough South.

PETERBOROUGH NORTH * To be created and contain 17 wards north of the River Nene.

PETERBOROUGH SOUTH * To be created and contain 6 wards south of the Nene, Eye, Thorney and 7 wards from Fenland,
including Whittlesey (currently in North East Cambridgeshire), and 4 wards from the north of Huntingdonshire, including Ramsey and Yaxley, from the existing North West Cambridgeshire constituency.

RAMSEY * To be moved to the newly created Peterborough South seta and contain 6 wards south of the Nene, Eye, Thorney and 7 wards from Fenland, including Whittlesey (currently in North East Cambridgeshire), and 4 wards from the north of Huntingdonshire, including Yaxley, from the existing North West Cambridgeshire constituency.

SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE * Including Queen Edith’s ward of Cambridge together with 22 wards from South Cambridgeshire.

SOUTH EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE * Along with Huntingdon and South Cambridgeshire will be changed to accommodate changes required to the North East Cambridgeshire, North West Cambridgeshire and, Peterborough constituencies.

ST NEOTS * 12 wards of South Cambridgeshire not already included in South Cambridgeshire to be included, with ten wards from the south of Huntingdonshire.

ST IVES * 15 wards from Huntingdonshire, including Huntingdon and seven wards from Fenland and including Chatteris.

THORNEY * To be moved into the newly created Peterborough South and contain 6 wards south of the Nene, Eye and 7 wards from Fenland, including Whittlesey (currently in North East Cambridgeshire), and 4 wards from the north of Huntingdonshire, including Ramsey and Yaxley, from the existing North West Cambridgeshire constituency.

WHITTLESEY * To be moved into the newly created Peterborough South and contain 6 wards south of the Nene, Eye and Thorney and 7 wards from Fenland and 4 wards from the north of Huntingdonshire, including Ramsey and Yaxley, from the existing North West Cambridgeshire constituency.

WISBECH * Along with March will be placed in the newley created Wisbech and Downham Market constituency - also containing 13 wards from the west of the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, including the town of Downham Market.

YAXLEY * To moved to the newly created Peterborough South and contain 6 wards south of the Nene, Eye, Thorney and 7 wards from Fenland, including Whittlesey (currently in North East Cambridgeshire), and 4 wards from the north of Huntingdonshire, including Ramsey.

The speeded-up consultation and review process will involve examination by the Boundary Commission for England of written representations on its initial proposals and comments in public hearings.

It will then produce revised plans.

Further written representations will be considered on these before the commission draws up final recommendations.

Final reports of boundary commissions for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have to be sent to Parliament by October 2013.

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