Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Parliamentary Boundary Review
– Have your Say

The long awaited review into Parliamentary constituency boundaries has snow been published. Designed to equalise the number of voters in each constituency, thereby making all votes equal in weight, and reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 (while doubling the numbers in the House of Lords) it appears, at least in this neck of the woods, to be a real dog’s breakfast.

At the moment we have 2 constituencies entirely within Redbridge, Ilford North and Ilford South plus 2 part constituencies Chingford & Woodford Green (which take in Monkhams and Church End wards) and Leyton & Wanstead (which includes Wanstead and Snaresbrook wards).

The proposals abolish Ilford South completely, being split 3 ways into constituencies that include parts of other boroughs and also transferring 3 wards to Ilford North.

Ilford North loses Clayhall and Barkingside wards and gains 3 wards from Ilford South, Newbury, Seven Kings and Chadwell.

The problem is that it retains Roding Ward which is set to get the chop in the Redbridge boundary review due to be finalised later this year in November.

Here’s the link to the Constituency Boundary website where you can view all the boundaries and make comments.


  1. It is remarkable (the politest word that comes to mind) that Redbridge's wards are, in the draft proposal, spread amongst five different constituencies. It looks to me as if Ilford North consists of all the wards that were left over, once all the other seats had been mapped out: it contains some wards that are not in Ilford and others that are clearly not in the North!

    If you look at next door Waltham Forest, the size of the Borough is now such that it could accommodate two entirely LBWF constituencies, with a neat boundary along or close to Forest Road.

    If this were done, it would make it much easier to come up with some (more) sensible boundaries for Redbridge that would avoid casting quite so many of our wards to the four winds...