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Revised constituency boundaries published

Revised constituency boundaries published Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

A new map of proposed Westminster constituencies for England has been published.

They are revised proposals from those originally put forward last year, in plans to reduce the number of seats across the UK from 650 to 600.

The Boundary Commission for England is proposing widescale changes for the North East. As well as reducing the quantity of seats, all constituencies would have beween 72,810 and 80,473 people.

  • The number of North East parliamentary seats would be cut from 29 to 26
  • Only one North East seat would remain unchanged
In the North East these proposals would see changes to all but just one constituency Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Last year, major changes were also suggested for North Yorkshire. Following public consultations, the revised proposals would take the county's Westminster constituencies back to the boundaries currently in place.

  • The number of North Yorkshire constituencies would remain at 8

Another eight weeks of public consultations now begin; people are being urged to contact the Boundary Commission for England with their views.

The final proposals will go before MPs in the autumn of 2013. However, the Liberal Democrats say they will vote against the changes, after the Conservatives dropped plans for House of Lords reform. As a result, there is no guarantee the changes will be introduced before the next general election.

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