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2018 Review: Kent & East Sussex

In News on July 3, 2016 by dadge Tagged: , ,

Since the entitlement for these counties is 16.41 and for 7.57 respectively, it makes sense to review them together, with West Sussex (8.01) separately. It is possible to put the two Sussex counties together, and review Kent separately, but then all the 16 seats in Kent would be above average size and all the 16 seats in Sussex would be below average size.

The plan presented here is somewhat creative, with three split wards. The split ward in Brighton allows the creation of a coastal seat along to Seaham. The alternative would be a “Lewes & Brighton North” seat, with Seaham in a Weald seat. The split ward in Medway isn’t necessary to balance the electorates, but it is needed to get Chatham town centre into the Chatham seat.

The split ward south of Dartford is, oddly enough, a consequence of the choice of cross-border seat and my choices around Thanet and Canterbury. The Thanet seat is quite large in order to create space for a seat that keeps the coastal towns north of Canterbury together in one seat. But this means that the seats in the rest of the county have to be quite small, and in that case it’s not always possible to avoid a split. The cross-border seat is Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough; later I’ll add a plan that includes a cross-border seat in the High Weald area.

Hove 74716
Brighton Central 74096* (includes PDs AY & AZ, 2383 voters)
Newhaven 76152*
Lewes & The Weald 78160
Eastbourne 76546
Bexhill & Hailsham 77592
Hastings & Rye 77460
Shepway 77333
Dover 74928
East Thanet 78130
North Kent Coast 75023
Canterbury 73733
Sittingbourne & Sheppey 75638
Mid Kent 71408
Ashford 73194
Maidstone 73443
Tunbridge Wells & Crowborough 78058
Tonbridge 71074
Rochester & Chatham 74058* (includes PDs RR3 & RR4, 1739 voters)
Gillingham 72892*
West Medway 73576
Sevenoaks 71619*
Dartford 71545*
Gravesham 72978

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