The final recommendations of the Boundary Commission which has been looking at redrawing Parliamentary constituencies have been laid before Parliament and will come into effect at the next General Election.
As we reported previously, early plans would have seen Middleton Park Ward moved from the Leeds Central constituency to join with Morley and East Ardsley. However, that proposal was overturned and our three wards remain together in the renamed Leeds South constituency.
The review has been carried out to ensure that every constituency in the UK has a roughly equal population, around 75,000. The Leeds Central constituency had grown to over 90,000 registered voters in 2019 as more people chose to live in the city centre. Leeds Central has been represented by Hilary Benn MP since 1999.
The new Leeds South constituency will include the Beeston & Holbeck, Hunslet & Riverside and Middleton Park wards, plus Burmantofts & Richmond Hill and parts of Temple Newsam ward.
Secretary to the Commission, Tim Bowden, said:
“The recommendations we have published today mark the end of a thorough and consultative process to build the new map of Parliamentary constituencies. We have taken into account over 60,000 public comments, travelled the country, and heard many passionate views about how best to reflect local community ties in our recommendations. We are confident that our final recommendations are the best reflection of the statutory rules Parliament has set us. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has participated in the 2023 Boundary Review.”
These boundary changes do not affect Leeds City Council wards or postcodes.
You can read the full recommendations here.
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