Proposed border changes that would result in areas being pulled out of Newark and Bingham constituencies have been announced.
The Boundary Commission for England’s proposals attempt to take into account local ties, geographic factors, and local government boundaries.
Newark would expand north into the Bassetlaw region, where villages in northern Nottinghamshire would change their boundaries.
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It would lose areas like Lowdham, Gunthorpe, Epperstone and Thurgarton to Sherwood, but gain places like Halam and Edingley from Sherwood.
Newark and Bingham MP Robert Jenrick said, “After many years representing the communities, meeting residents and working on local issues, it would be a real showdown if they moved to other constituencies.
“On the whole, however, the suggestions for the district seem reasonably sensible at first glance.
“The constituency of Newark remains largely rural, encompassing most of eastern Nottinghamshire from near Gainsborough in the north to the Vale of Belvoir in the south – with the A1 and Trent running. Despite its length and size, there are many similarities in the market towns, village life, and farming communities, and it is very different from the rest of the county – and it makes sense to group it together in one constituency. It really is a very special area.
“There will be opportunities to get involved. I would encourage residents to attend the consultation if they so choose and experience so far suggests that the end result may be different. I strongly support the desire to balance constituency sizes so that every vote in the UK has broadly equal weight – that is a fundamental principle in a democracy. “
A consultation on the plans with a formal report and recommendations due in June 2023 has begun.