There are just days left to have your say on controversial plans to redraw the political boundaries of the North East.
Under the proposals, the region will lose two MPs and many voters will find themselves moved into a new constituency. One of the most controversial changes would see some North Tyneside residents represented by a Newcastle MP.
The plans have been drawn up by the Boundary Commission for England, as part of a nationwide review of Parliamentary seats. It launched a consultation asking people for their thoughts, which is due to end on Monday August 2.
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Proposals include significant changes to the Newcastle North constituency, which would take in a number of wards in North Tyneside, including Benton, Camperdown, Killingworth, Longbenton and Weetslade.
Tynemouth constituency will also change, and will also take in some wards that are currently part of North Tyneside constituency. A new Whitley Bay and Cramlington constituency would also include parts of North Tyneside, such as Monkseaton, as well as parts of Northumberland which are currently in Blyth Valley constituency, including Cramlington.
It would mean the North Tyneside seat no longer existed, with the former wards divided between different constituencies.
The proposals have been condemned by North Tyneside Mayo Norma Redfearn, who said the boundary commission should go back to the drawing board, as well as local councillors. Coun Martin Rankin, who represents Collingwood, said when the plans were announced: "We often talk about building a sense of community and sense of place. These proposals are a recipe for chaos."
In other proposed changes, a new Berwick and Morpeth constituency in Northumberland would include the existing Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency and Morpeth, which is currently part of Wansbeck constituency.
The MP for the existing constituency of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has suggested that the new constituency should instead be either "North Northumberland" or "Berwick, Alnwick and Morpeth".
Hexham constituency would be expanded to include Callerton & Throckley, even though this is in Newcastle while the rest of the constituency is in Northumberland.
A new Blyth and Ashington constituency will include parts of the current Wansbeck constituency., as well as much of the existing Blyth Valley constituency.
The existing Newcastle East constituency will remain, but will be expanded westward slightly to take in Arthur’s Hill ward.
Newcastle Central will also be extended westwards, and will be re-named Newcastle West.
Changes to Parliamentary constituencies wouldn't affect anyone's address or postcode, and residents would be served by the same local council as they are at the moment.
The boundary review is designed to ensure that every constituency has roughly the same number of voters, so that every vote in a general election is equally important.
The total number of MPs will remain the same, at 650, but the number in England will increase, from 533 to 543. However, under proposals drawn up by the Boundary Commission for England, the number in the North East would fall from 29 to 27.
The Commission has published its initial proposals and launched an eight week consultation. Residents can respond at https://www.bcereviews.org.uk.
Final proposals will be submitted to Parliament in July 2023. They could potentially be in place by the time of the next election, which does not need to take place until 2024.
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