New Boundary Commission proposals could see Sir Greg Knight’s East Yorkshire constituency area split up and joined with Holderness area
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has published its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries, which could see Sir Greg Knight’s area split.
The plans would see Driffield and Rural, Wolds Weighton and Pocklington Provincial move from the East Yorkshire constituency, which could be renamed Bridlington and Holderness.
All three wards in Bridlington plus East Wolds and Coastal, currently represented by Conservative Sir Greg, would remain together. However, Mid Holderness, North Holderness and South East Holderness are likely to be added.
As part of the proposals, Driffield and Rural, Wolds Weighton and Pocklington Provincial would join with the Beverley constituency and renamed ‘Beverley and The Wolds’. This would affect the Beverley and Holderness area, which is held currently by Conservative Graham Stuart.
Members of the public are encouraged to visit www.bcereviews.org.uk to view maps showing the proposed new boundaries and provide feedback before the consultation closes on Monday, August 2.
People can comment on anything from where the proposed new boundary lines are to the names of the constituencies.
East Yorkshire MP, Sir Greg Knight, said: “These boundary reviews need to take place periodically because of population movements which create an imbalance in the size of different constituencies, and so it is a necessary part of our democratic system.
“What has been announced so far are the initial suggestions of the Boundary Commission which are now open to consultation and which will be subject to further review by them in due course. There is, therefore, a long way to go in this process and we may yet see the suggested local boundary changes altered again.
“At first sight, some of these initial proposals do seem to be something of a dog’s breakfast, but the overall aim of equalising the size of constituencies is a welcome one which I support.
“Currently, the constituency of East Yorkshire, which I represent, is one of the largest in the country and some adjustments do need to be made to bring the size within the electoral guidelines.
“That is a question which deserves careful scrutiny and not a knee-jerk reaction.
“Several years ago, the Boundary Commission made similar sweeping suggestions which, at the time, I and others opposed and during the second phase of the process, their plans were dropped, so there is no inevitability about this process.”