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Guide to the public hearings


We are the Boundary Commission for England (BCE), an independent and impartial public body.

A review of Parliamentary constituencies is taking place to ensure each one has roughly the same number of electors. As part of this process, the number of constituencies in England will increase to 543. The Commission is required by law to make sure that each constituency in England has between 69,724 and 77,062 electors.

Due to population changes, the number of people registered to vote is much higher in some constituencies than in others. The 2023 Boundary Review will therefore rebalance the number of electors represented by each MP. It’s an important process, and one which requires considerable change to the existing map of constituencies.

Our task is to redraw the map of constituencies in England so that it represents local communities as best as possible, while keeping to the legal requirements outlined above. In June 2021, we published our initial proposals for new constituency boundaries and names, and asked for your feedback. We have gathered all the responses we received during this first consultation, and will publish these on our consultation website,

During our six-week secondary consultation, which begins on 22 February, you can tell us what you think about our suggestions as well as the responses already submitted. To give us your views in writing, send your comments via, letter, or email to reach us by 4 April 2022. We are also holding a number of public hearings throughout the consultation period, where you can have your say in person.

In this Guide to public hearings, you will learn where and when the public hearings in your region are taking place; how to register for a slot to speak at a hearing; how the hearings will take place; and what happens next.

We look forward to welcoming you at a public hearing in your region, and listening to your views about how we can best reflect your area in our proposed new map of constituencies in England.

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