Electoral officials have announced plans for the biggest shake-up of Parliamentary constituencies in England in decades – which would fundamentally change the electoral make-up of the Liverpool City Region.
In Liverpool, the constituency of Walton – currently held by Dan Carden – would be abolished under the plans, with a new Liverpool Norris Green constituency created.
While Alison McGovern’s Wirral South seat would also be removed under the plans.
The new Liverpool Norris Green constituency would include the wards of Clubmoor, County, Croxteth, Fazakerley, Molyneux, Norris Green and Warbreck.
Maria Eagle’s current Garston and Halewood constituency would be divided up too.
A new Liverpool Garston patch would include the areas of Woolton, Speke-Garston, Belle Vale, Church, Cressington and Allerton and Hunts Cross.
The Halewood side would be incorporated into a new Widnes and Halewood constituency – with a new Runcorn and Helsby seat also created – meaning the removal of the Halton constituency.
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And this would mean changes to the current Liverpool Wavertree constituency, which would instead be made up of Childwall, Greenbank, Kensington and Fairfield, Mossley Hill, Picton, St Michael’s and Wavertree.
The proposed new Liverpool Riverside constituency would lose areas like St Michael’s in south Liverpool and move further into north Liverpool, picking up wards like Anfield and Everton that are currently within the Walton boundary.
The new Liverpool West Derby constituency would lose areas like Croxteth and Norris Green to the new Norris Green patch – and would be made up of Knotty Ash, Old Swan, Page Moss, Swanside, Tuebrook and Stoneycroft, West Derby and Yew Tree wards.
Away from Liverpool and the constituency of Wirral South – currently held by Labour’s Alison McGovern – would be removed altogether under the boundary review plan, with its wards subsumed into other nearby constituencies.
Heswall and Clatterbridge would become part of Wirral West, while Bebington would enter Birkenhead and Bromborough and Eastham would become part of the Ellesmere Port constituency.
The Labour held City of Chester seat, which has existed in various forms since the 16th Century, would also be broken up under this major planned shake-up.
The proposals would increase the number of English constituencies from 533 to 543.
The plans are the latest stage in a long-running effort to update constituency boundaries that has been going on for a decade and there is likely to be much more debate and discussion before any concrete plans are agreed.
The aim of the exercise is to make every constituency’s population of registered voters close to the average of just under 73,400, apart from a handful of “protected” seats.
The Boundary Commission will now embark on a series of consultations, which will see numerous local constituency parties and councils lobby for changes.