Leicestershire version 1

In East Midlands, Leicestershire, redistricting on October 24, 2011 by dadge

Leicestershire (including Leicester but not including Rutland) has a theoretical entitlement (TE) to 9.48 seats. It forms a review area with Nottinghamshire, and for the time being I’m working on the basis that Melton district (TE 0.50) will form part of a cross-border seat.

Now the fun starts. Arranging 9 equal-electorate seats in the county is a frustrating task. Here are some of the issues:

1. Leicester has a TE of 2.85. Which suburb should be added to the Leicester West constituency? Candidates: Braunstone 12,656 (TE 0.17), Birstall 9,872 (TE 0.13), Glenfield 7,812 (TE 0.10).

2. Should Shepshed be in the Loughborough or the NW Leics seat?

3. The combined TE of NW Leics and Hinckley & Bosworth is 2.03. Can they form a bloc?

4. Blaby district has an electorate of 73,026. Can it form a single seat “as is”?

5. Which neighbouring areas should the Harborough and Oadby & Wigston districts (TE 0.86 and 0.59 respectively) form a seat with?

Now here’s the rub: it doesn’t matter what answers you give to any of these questions, you’re lucky if you can construct any plan at all that doesn’t split towns, divide neighbouring villages, smash districts to pieces, or conjoin areas with nothing in common.

Well, you have to start somewhere and I start with Shepshed. This is my second attempt – this one has Shepshed in the Ashby seat.

Blaby 78,871 – inc. Oadby & Wigston
NW Leics 77,276 – inc. Shepshed
Loughborough 76,502
Markfield 74,441 – goes up to the Soar at Quorn and Birstall
Harborough 75,687 – inc. Thurmaston and Queniborough
Hinckley 74,500 – inc. Ibstock
Leicester S 78,433
Leicester W 78,088 – inc. Braunstone
Leicester E 74,377
(Melton 38,266)


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