Changes to how the Isle of Wight votes in National elections has just received its Final recommendation

The way the Isle of Wight votes in national elections will undergo a major change if this morning’s Final recommendations by the Boundary Commission are accepted. Each proposal has seen changes.


The Boundary Commission for England has today (Monday) published its final recommendations for new parliamentary constituency boundaries (not to be confused with local council boundaries).

The Commission’s final boundary review report was submitted to Government last week, and that report now being presented to Parliament.

Boundary changed again
As reported previously, the Isle of Wight constituency is proposed to the separated into two constituencies.

Isle of Wight - National election boundary changes - Final recommendations - Sept 2018

The latest plans appear to have changed since last October. Whippingham and East Cowes are no longer in the West constituency.

New boundary line

Isle of Wight recommendations
In the Final recommendations issued today the two Isle of Wight Constituencies break down as follows:

Isle of Wight East CC (Final recommendation Sept ’18)

Arreton and Newchurch3,007
Binstead and Fishbourne2,627
Brading, St. Helens and Bembridge5,930
East Cowes2,944
Godshill and Wroxall2,517
Havenstreet, Ashey and Haylands2,685
Lake North2,785
Lake South2,881
Nettlestone and Seaview2,427
Ryde East2,763
Ryde North East2,546
Ryde North West2,573
Ryde South2,841
Ryde West2,614
Sandown North2,294
Sandown South2,807
Shanklin Central2,660
Shanklin South2,721
Ventnor East2,265
Ventnor West2,325
Whippingham and Osborne3,072
Wootton Bridge2,705

Isle of Wight West CC (Final recommendation Sept ’18)

Central Wight2,758
Chale, Niton and Whitwell2,271
Cowes Medina2,874
Cowes North2,393
Cowes South and Northwood2,867
Cowes West and Gurnard2,973
Freshwater North2,148
Freshwater South2,421
Newport Central2,840
Newport East2,669
Newport North2,384
Newport South2,580
Newport West2,460
West Wight2,694

The relevant section from the recommendations report is copied below for your convenience (the document is over 200 pages).

Initial proposals
727. The Isle of Wight sub-region is unique in England in that we are required to allocate two constituencies, and that neither are required to be within the permitted electorate range.

Our initial proposals were for Isle of Wight East and Isle of Wight West constituencies, each with a similar number of electors, 53,268 and 52,180 respectively. Consultation on the initial proposals

Consultation on the initial proposals
728. During consultation on our initial proposals, most of the opposition to our proposals for the Isle of Wight was about the principle of splitting the island. This is a statutory requirement under the legislation, so these views had to be set aside. The east–west split of the island received both support and opposition, with a small number of responses suggesting a north–south split.

729. We received some representations that commented on the boundary between our Isle of Wight East and Isle of Wight West constituencies. A representation suggested that the Wootton Bridge electoral division looked more towards Ryde than towards Newport and Cowes, and another suggested the Wootton Bridge electoral division has close ties with the Fishbourne electoral division, and therefore should be included in the Isle of Wight East constituency.

Revised proposals
730. In formulating our revised proposals, we were persuaded by the evidence to modify the
constituencies by including the Wootton Bridge electoral division in the Isle of Wight East
constituency rather than Isle of Wight West.

Consultation on the revised proposals
731. We again received a mixture of support for and opposition to our revised proposals during the final consultation. Some representations indicated a desire locally that the East Cowes electoral division be included in Isle of Wight East, as its ties are with Ryde to the east. Respondents indicated that the River Medina was a divider in this area, which separates East Cowes from West Cowes. Our investigations of this proposal indicated that this modification would also require the Whippingham and Osborne electoral division to be included in the Isle of Wight East constituency due to the road links in the area. We noted that this pattern of constituencies would bring the electorate of the two island constituencies further away from the parity we sought at the initial proposal stage, 43,459 for Isle of Wight West and 61,989 for Isle of Wight East.

Final recommendations
732. Having considered the evidence, we have decided that the East Cowes, and Whippingham and Osborne electoral divisions should be included in the Isle of Wight East constituency. We consider that this change better reflects the evidence we received about community ties.

733. Our final recommendations for the Isle of Wight are for constituencies of: Isle of Wight East, and Isle of Wight West. These constituencies are listed in Volume two and shown on the maps in Volume three of this report

End of the ‘consultative process’
The Commission has now fulfilled its statutory responsibility, and submission of the report and its publication ends the Commission’s involvement in the 2018 Boundary Review.

Secretary to the Commission, Sam Hartley, said,

“The recommendations we’ve published today mark the end of a thorough and consultative process to build the new map of constituencies. We’ve travelled the country, taken account of over 35,000 public comments, and heard many impassioned views about how best to reflect local communities in our recommendations, while ensuring that constituencies are all much more equally represented.

“We’re confident that the map we propose today is the best match of the legal rules Parliament has set us. It’s now up to Parliament to decide whether these boundaries will be used at the next general election.”

The Government must now make arrangements for the Commission’s recommendations to be voted on by both Houses of Parliament. It is for the Government to decide when to do so.

The final recommendations can be viewed on the Commission’s Website.

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Monday, 10th September, 2018 2:04pm



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So we’ll have two Tory MPs instead of just the one?


Oh joy. Sigh…..

Steve Goodman

Unless enough people are dissatisfied with the governing cons. continuing failure to halt and reverse our enormous economic and environmental damage and their own damaging distracting domestic disagreements?

Geoff Brodie
Wootton Bridge also now in East. It means my vote in West (43,459 voters) will be worth nearly one and a half times the vote of someone in the East (61,989 voters). So much for voter parity. Compare with last week’s local government commission proposals. Their new wards of ‘Fairlee & Whippingham’ and ‘greater Godshill’ will now be divided between the 2 constituencies. Given this Commission are… Read more »
The alternatives were not obvious, though, Geoff. I agreed that MPs split with the mainland doesn’t make sense, so from the start we are always going to be over or under represented Vs the mainland, depending on 1 or 2 MPs. I imagine you’d be in favour of more representation for the Isle? After that, I had a look at the data, and what is surprising is… Read more »
Steve Goodman

How is there any ‘voter parity’ under FPTP? Make votes matter.


It would have been far better if the total number of MPs had been reduced.


They have. It’s going from 650 to 600

Steve Goodman

It would be far better if the MPs more realistically represented the electorate they are supposed to work for. Make votes matter.

iain mckie

One point is that these will be two new constituencies (if adopted). This would mean that Bob Seely would have to reapply for candidacy for one of the spots. This would go some way to explaining his ever presence in the media. But, his increasing anti-Brexit stance, and odd tweets make him vulnerable to be not chosen for either spot.


At the risk of poking for a rant, I haven’t seen much that BS has done to be anti Brexit?

Steve Goodman

Because nothing is going well, still nothing is agreed over two years on, and so much is now known about the pros and cons unknown at the time of the simplistic binary vote, ‘increasing anti-Brexit stance’ is today much more widespread.

Mark L Francis

At last I won’t have to vote with the posh people…


Fatuous response….