I did an interview early this morning for BBC Radio Humberside on the Boundary Commission’s recommendations. Within the old Humberside area, the nine constituencies are reduced to eight. The one that is dismembered is Brigg and Goole, with parts going to the Scunthorpe constituency, parts to what was the Cleethorpes constituency (now renamed Brigg and Humberston) and parts to what was the Haltemprice and Howden constituency. Indeed, the changes to David Davis’ Haltemprice and Howden constituency are also significant. Three Conservative wards are transferred to Hull West and Hessle, rendering Alan Johnson’s seat as a potential marginal, while Labour-voting Goole is transferred to Haltemprice and Howden, which is to be renamed Cottingham and Goole. Readers familiar with the area will realise that the pairing of Cottingham and Goole is a somewhat incongruous one.
Under the new procedures, anyone wishing to make representations to the Boundary Commission on the recommendations have twelve weeks in which to do so. The Commission has a consultation website. (There will also be a series of public meetings.) At the end of the twelve weeks, the submissions are published and people then have a further four weeks in which to comment on the submissions. The Commission then has eight weeks in which to decide if it wishes to modify its recommendations in the light of the submissions.