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Parliamentary constituency to get bigger?

Latest proposals for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries have been released for final public comment.

It is proposed that the Boston and Skegness constituency is enlarged to bring it in line with new population targets and a reduction in the number of MPs.

The Boundary Commission for England has published its proposals with a view to reducing the total number of constituencies, and MPs, in England from 533 to 501, with each constituency having an electorate no smaller than 71,031 and no larger than 78,507.

The current parliamentary electorate for the Boston and Skegness constituency is 66,250, significantly less than the number required under the review rules. To address the electoral imbalance, the Commission has proposed that the Boston and Skegness constituency be extended to take in part of the current Sleaford constituency, namely the two electoral wards of Kirkby la Thorpe and South Kyme and Heckington Rural, increasing the total electorate to a projected 71,989.

You have until December 11 to tell the Boundary Commission what you think of the changes.

Comments received during previous consultations have been reflected in the proposals.

The proposals and maps can be seen at www.bce2018.org.uk where you can also comment

The commission will make its finals recommendations to Parliament next September, with agreed changes taking place from the next general election in 2022.