Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Under Threat.? NORTH EAST MAY LOSE FOUR MPS UNDER REDRAW

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Under Threat.? NORTH EAST MAY LOSE FOUR MPS UNDER REDRAW

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Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com @jonwalker121

THE North East would lose four MPs as part of plans to cut numbers in the House of Commons. It means the number of MPs representing the region would go down from 29 MPs to 25.

However, it is by no means certain that the plans - part of a wider scheme to cut the number of parliamentary seats from 650 to 600 - will go ahead.

If the plan does go ahead some North East MPs will find themselves representing people in more than one town, city or county.

Newcastle, which currently has three dedicated MPs, would in future have only two - representing the seats of Newcastle East and Newcastle North West.

Around 37,000 Newcastle residents would be part of the Blaydon constituency, which would also include parts of Gateshead and the Durham ward of Burnopfield and Dipton.

Other constituencies to cross local authority boundaries include the new seat of Houghton and Seaham, which would cover parts of Durham and parts of Sunderland.

A revised Jarrow seat would include parts of Gateshead and parts of South Tyneside.

There would be three Northumberland seats, named Berwick and Morpeth; Blyth and Ashington, and Hexham and Cramlington.

The new constituencies have been drawn up by the Boundary Commission for England, which has been told by the Government to find a way of reducing the number of constituencies in the UK to 600, and to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is roughly equal.

They matters These suggestions be voted It says that the only way to achieve this is to create Nick constituencies which cross local authority boundaries.

In the past, constituencies have tended to coincide with the area covered by councils.

Residents who find themselves in a new constituency won't change their address or postcode.

An initial 12-week consultation on earlier plans held in the autumn last year, followed by a second consultation in the Spring of this year. …

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