50 fewer MPs: challenges for the next constituencies review?
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)
Speakers: Prof Ron Jonston & Tony Bellringer
In March 2016 the four Boundary Commissions will commence their task of producing a new set of Parliamentary constituencies (600, replacing the current 650) which conform to the new rules for redistribution enacted in 2011 that require every constituency to have an electorate within +/-5% of the national average. Their recommendations have to be with Parliament by October 2018 so that the new seats can be used for the 2020 general election. In 2011 the Commissions commenced an unfinished first implementation of these new rules, but the task was not completed: the outcome of that exercise provides lessons for the one about to start.
Ron Johnston is a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. He has been studying redistributions and the work of the Boundary Commissions since the late 1970s and is co-author of many papers on the subject and co-authored a standard book on The Boundary Commissions.
Tony Bellringer is the current statutory Secretary to the (Parliamentary) Boundary Commission for England, where he has worked since 2010. Prior to this, from the mid 1990's he held a succession of mostly policy posts in central Government departments and 'arms length' public bodies, almost all of which focused on either the electoral process or the judiciary.
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This event is jointly organized by the Parliament and Constitution Centre
Our seminar series is funded by the family of Barbara Farbey, late of UCL, who greatly enjoyed them.
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