Constituency boundary updates published – Isle of Wight changes again

The boundary line for the two Isle of Wight constituencies has changed since the last consultation. This will be the third and final chance to have your say.

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Boundary Commission England has this morning published proposals for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries, as it opens its third and final consultation (17 October 2017).

From today, residents can go to the BCE’s Website, to view the new plans. All the comments submitted during the first two consultations are also published on the BCE Website.

Changes to boundary line
The boundary line for the two Isle of Wight constituencies has been amended since the last consultation. The new boundary line now puts the Wootton Bridge ward into the east of the Island constituency, rather than west.

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The red line shows the former boundary line

By the next scheduled election in 2022, the Isle of Wight will have two constituencies. By law, every constituency must contain between 71,031 and 78,507 electors. The current Isle of Wight constituency has around 110,000 eligible voters.

Valuable feedback from public
Sam Hartley, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said:

“We’re delighted with the huge number of comments on our initial proposals that we’ve received from members of the public, many of which contain valuable evidence about people’s local communities. Based on what people have said to us, we have revised more than half of our initial proposals.

“The new map of the country we publish today is, we think, close to the best set of Parliamentary constituencies we can achieve, based on the rules to which we work and the evidence given to us by local citizens. But we still want people to tell us what they think of this latest map before we make our final recommendations to Parliament next year. It’s so important to have your say in this fundamental democratic exercise.”

If agreed by Parliament, the new constituencies will be in use at the next scheduled General Election in 2022.

Image: © 2017 Boundary Commission for England

Tuesday, 17th October, 2017 10:01pm



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6 Comments on "Constituency boundary updates published – Isle of Wight changes again"

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I’m all in favour of this at it does increase the effectiveness of an Island vote. Personally I’d have preferred 3 constituencies on the IW. West Wight, East Wight and Niton.


Presumably Bob Seeley will be standing in West Wight? So East Wight will be up for grabs by someone new.


I’d guess that the West would be the safer Tory seat and that as the sitting MP he’d get the pick of which one he stood for.

The East is likely to be more marginal because, though that is purely comparative
Sadly still almost certainly a Tory safe seat.

Robert Jones
I don’t think there’d be much in it, really…. of course, people’s allegiances do change, but on the basis of previous years’ figures the two constituencies would both be likely to return a Conservative; I can’t pretend to have run a slide-rule over it, though. Point is, the division of the constituencies should bear some relationship to demographic and geographical reality, and this doesn’t – it splits… Read more »
Robert Jones
It hasn’t happened yet, and given the general political situation it’s not likely to happen for a long time – I shall be very surprised (granted always I’m still alive then) if the island is divided electorally in any form by 2022. This is part of a much bigger Bill, to which many Conservative MPs (and others) are opposed: the government doesn’t have the numbers to push… Read more »

Absolute madness!