Reading MP reacts to proposed changes to constituency boundaries
A Reading Member of Parliament raised concerns about proposed changes to constituencies in the area.
Reading East and Reading West constituencies will cease to exist as part of new plans to change election boundaries across the country.
The initial proposals, released yesterday by the Boundary Commission for England, would see the creation of a new Reading Borough, which includes large parts of the Reading Borough Council area.
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However, Whitley and other parts of the south would be part of a new constituency of Earley and Woodley, while Tilehurst and other parts of the west would be part of a new Mid Berkshire constituency.
Reading East MP Matt Rodda said: “I will be consulting people on this, but I have serious reservations that parts of Reading are not represented in a seat called Reading.
“I have concerns about places in Reading, in the church area for example, that would no longer be in a constituency of Reading and that also seems to be a lot of change.
“There are also a lot of places in the Reading West constituency that wouldn’t be in a seat called Reading, which seems rather odd.”
Besides the two large areas of Reading to the south and west, which include five local council wards – Whitley, Church, Tilehurst, Norcot and Kentwood – the rest of the new constituency would match the Reading Borough boundary map.
The new constituency of Earley and Woodley would include parts of the current constituencies of Reading East, Reading West and Wokingham, while the new Mid Berkshire constituency would include part of each of the current constituencies of Newbury, Wokingham and Reading West.
Boundary Commission secretary Tim Bowden said the proposals are “just initial thoughts”.
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The commission is undertaking an independent review of all constituency boundaries in England and will present its final recommendations to Parliament by July 2023.
The changes aim to ensure a more equal number of voters in each constituency.