UK Parliamentary Election

Review of Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies Boundaries 2018

The Boundary Commission for Scotland today published its revised proposals for UK Parliamentary constituencies in Scotland as part of its 2018 review. An eight-week public consultation exercise on the proposals has begun, finishing on 11 December.

The UK Parliament has decided to reduce the number of constituencies from 650 to 600. In Scotland this means that 59 constituencies will be reduced to 53.

As set out in legislation, each of the remaining 51 constituencies must:

  • Not exceed the maximum permitted area of 13,000 square kilometers and
  • Be within five per cent of the UK electoral quota of 74,769.2 (that is, to have between 71,031 and 78,507 electors), except where a constituency is larger than 12,000 square kilometers when it may have few fewer than 71,031 electors)

The proposed constituencies for Highland include:

Argyll and Bute, Highland and Moray council areas together to contain four constituencies

Comments on the revised proposals can be made on the Commission’s consultation portal , by email to bcs@scottishboundaries.gov.uk, or in writing to the Boundary Commission for Scotland, Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5HD.

All comments should be submitted by 11 December 2017, after which the Commission will finalise its recommendations and submit these to the Secretary of State for Scotland, with the resulting constituencies to be used in the General Election in May 2020.


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