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The secondary consultation of the parliamentary boundary review is open from Tuesday 22 February to Friday 4 April 2022.
The proposals have not changed from the original consultation, which closed last August. You can view the proposed constituencies for North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth in the related documents below.
Parliament regularly asks the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) to do an independent and impartial review of all constituencies in England. This review is to balance out the number of people in each constituency. The 2023 boundary review also requires the number of constituencies in England to increase from 533 to 543. During this second part of the consultation, the BCE will hold hearings across the country to allow the public to give their views in person.
Have your say
Send your views in writing by:
- using the consultation website
- emailing email@example.com
- sending a letter to:
Boundary Commission for England
35 Great Smith Street
You can also book to speak at a public hearing in your region.
On the consultation website, you can view the responses sent in during the first consultation.
Keep up to date
Follow @BCEReviews on:
- Eastern region initial proposals summary
- Proposed North Norfolk map
- Proposed Great Yarmouth map
- Electorate breakdown for Norfolk
Frequently asked questions
Why are the constituency boundaries being reviewed?
Parliament has asked the Boundary Commission for England to balance out the number of people in each constituency. Due to population changes since the last review, the number of people in some constituencies is much higher than others. This review will make sure each MP stands for roughly the same number of people (between 69,724 and 77,062). Also, the number of constituencies in England must increase from 533 to 543.
Where can I see proposals for new constituencies?
Visit the BCE consultation website to view proposals and take part in the consultation.
How are the proposals developed for new constituencies?
The BCE must keep to the rules set by Parliament, as outlined above. They must also consider existing boundaries, local geography, and local ties. Local knowledge can help improve proposals, so the public are invited to take part in the secondary consultation. The BCE will consider every response when deciding on any changes to the original proposals. Read the BCE guide to the review for further information on this.
Have the proposals changed since the first consultation?
No. Once the secondary consultation closes, the BCE will look at the responses sent in and decide on any changes.
Will this review favour one political party over another?
The BCE is independent and impartial and will not consider voting patterns or election results when reviewing constituency boundaries. Political parties’ views on where boundaries should be, do not have any more influence than those of members of the public.
Will the changes affect my local council services such as bin collections or schools?
No. The boundary changes only affect the area an MP is elected to stand for in Parliament. Your local authority provides services and sets council tax in your local area. This review does not change local authority boundaries.
What happens after the secondary consultation, and when would the proposed changes take effect?
The BCE consider every response received during the first and secondary consultations. If the proposals change, they will publish recommendations and hold a further public consultation. Final recommendations will be sent to Parliament by 1 July 2023. The new constituencies will then be in place at the next general election.
Will the name of my constituency change following the review?
The more a constituency has changed, the more likely the BCE will recommend a name change. The BCE is happy to receive views on naming during the consultation.
Should I submit my views in person or in writing?
Within the consultation period, you are welcome to attend a public hearing to provide your views in person, or send a written response using the consultation website. You can also send your views by email or letter. The BCE consider both verbal and written feedback equally.
How can I attend a public hearing?
Visit the public hearings page and find your nearest hearing from the dates and locations listed. Select your chosen event, and then you will be taken to Eventbrite to register for a 10-minute slot to speak at the hearing. Booking is a quick and easy process.
What happens at a public hearing?
Read the guide to the public hearings to find out more about the hearings. It provides information on:
- registering for a hearing
- the timings of each day
- how the hearings are run