The Boundary Commission for England has today (Monday) published its final recommendations for new constituency boundaries, which determines how the Isle of Wight will be split in half with 2 Members of Parliament elected.
A report was handed to Government last week as part of the 2018 Boundary Review. That report is now being presented to Parliament.
The final proposals show that the Island will be split into 2 constituencies and will therefore have 2 Members of Parliament (MPs); the East Wight constituency that will contain 53,268 electors and the West Wight constituency that will contain 52,180.
The divide will run roughly down the centre of the Island, although Newport will be part of the Isle of Wight West constituency as will Niton and Whitwell.
Following feedback during consultations over the past 2 years, it has been decided that the Wootton Bridge, East Cowes and Whippingham & Osborne electoral divisions should be included in the Isle of Wight East constituency as it better reflects the evidence regarding community ties.
Secretary to the Commission, Sam Hartley, said:
“The recommendations we’ve published today mark the end of a thorough and consultative process to build the new map of constituencies. We’ve travelled the country, taken account of over 35,000 public comments, and heard many impassioned views about how best to reflect local communities in our recommendations, while ensuring that constituencies are all much more equally represented.
“We’re confident that the map we propose today is the best match of the legal rules Parliament have set us. It’s now up to Parliament to decide whether these boundaries will be used at the next general election”.
The Government must now make arrangements for the Commission’s recommendations to be voted on by both Houses of Parliament. It is for the Government to decide when to do so.
Find out which constituency you will fall into by exploring the interactive map at https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/6488?postcode=PO301UD.