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2018 Review: Durham

In boundary changes,North East,redistricting on December 11, 2017 by dadge

For some reason the Commission has decided that the Northumberland border is sacrosanct, even though (a) it’s played fast and loose with county boundaries elsewhere in the country, and (b) doing so produces an unsatisfactory boundary in the Ashington/Bedlington area. Local factors, especially the fact that the Tyne & Wear county boundary is long gone and there are good ties across the border with the neighbouring local authorities, should come into play.

Perhaps the main irony of the Commission’s decision regarding Northumberland is that it has caused them to create a seat (Blaydon) with an orphan ward (Burnopfield) in County Durham, and it’s not clear why a sensible crossing of the Northumberland border would be worse than this rather pathetic crossing of the Durham border. What’s worse, the removal of the Burnopfield ward has unfortunate knock-on effects, in particular the loss of the Framwellgate ward from the Durham city seat. Newton Hall is an integral part of the city. (The fact that the Commission thinks this loss is acceptable demonstrates how it sets too much store by physical characteristics, ignoring administrative, socio-economic and historical factors.) Current boundaries of Durham city (from ordnancesurvey.co.uk/election-maps/):

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Therefore the main purpose of this counter-proposal is to put the Framwellgate Moor area back into the Durham city seat, and Burnopfield back into a Durham county seat.

BLAYDON

The minimum-change option (with regard to the Revised Proposals), i.e. without needing to cross the Northumberland border, for eliminating the orphan ward is probably as follows:

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Blaydon 76,652

Gateshead West 71,415

Gateshead East 73,497

If the Northumberland border is crossed, the least disruptive option is to include Prudhoe in the Blaydon seat:

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Blaydon 71,402

Newcastle Central 76,027

Newcastle North 74,691

Hexham 77,442

Blyth & Wansbeck 73,869

Berwick & Morpeth 73,286

For boundaries around Morpeth and Cramlington, see my original submission.

Speaking of which, I still think my Hexham & Blaydon and Castle Ward seats are a better arrangement than the Commission’s Blaydon & Newburn and Hexham & Cramlington seats, but either of the above plans is a reasonable compromise.

DURHAM

Now that the Burnopfield ward is no longer being kidnapped, the County Durham seats can be slightly rejigged to allow all of Durham city to be united in one seat:

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North Durham 77,212

North West Durham 74,536

Bishop Auckland 75,434

Sedgefield & Billingham 76,459

Durham & Easington 77,766

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The North East

In North East,redistricting on October 1, 2011 by dadge

North East England is entitled to 25 and three quarter seats and this has been rounded up to 26. Therefore the average seat size, at 75817, is a bit below the national average. Dividing the region up into review areas is tricky. The entitlements of the various parts are:

Northumberland 3.16
Newcastle 2.52
North Tyneside 2.03
South Tyneside 1.51
Durham 5.28
Darlington 1.02
Hartlepool 0.91
Stockton 1.85
Middlesbrough 1.31
Redcar 1.38

Thus only North Tyneside and Darlington could be reviewed on their own. Even when you join bits together into larger units, it doesn’t help:

Northumberland 3.16
North of Tyne 4.55
South of Tyne 6.26
Durham 6.30
Cleveland 5.45

Ideally it would be good to have a review unit based on the former (pre-1974) county of Northumberland, but that unit would have an average seat size of 73,810, which would be somewhat unfair on the rest of the region, and create problems in constructing eight constituencies with more than 72,810 electors in each.

So we end up with two large units:
Northumbria 13.96 i.e. 14 @ 76,436
Durham and Cleveland 11.76 i.e. 12 @ 75,095

(The only other possibility would be to have one unit of Tyne & Wear and another of all the rest, but that would mean a cross-Tyne constituency, and that would be rather unpopular.)

The Commission has eschewed even this solution, and gone for a whole-region approach, including a cross-border seat between Northumberland and Durham. Although this obviously gives them excellent flexibility, I think it is helpful to make the seat blocks more manageable, and try to respect administrative boundaries where we can.

Now down to the nitty-gritty.

The Commission’s proposals for Newcastle and North Tyneside are bizarre, but this appears to be the knock-on effect of having to combine them with Cramlington. Still, they could’ve done a better job, either by leaving the North Tyneside seats unchanged and merging Cramlington with part of Newcastle, or by merging Cramlington with Longbenton. As it is, they’ve managed to split Longbenton between three seats and ignore the Newcastle city border altogether.

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Durham and Cleveland

In North East,redistricting on October 1, 2011 by dadge

This area has an entitlement to twelve seats. Darlington borough can form one seat on its own, but the Cleveland boroughs aren’t “constituency size” so the seats will have to spill over between them. The decisions to make are which bits to combine, and I’ve decided as follows:

Redcar & Cleveland – Middlesbrough: a seat combining Eston with East and South Middlesbrough. This is different from the current arrangement and the Commission’s proposals. I don’t say my proposal here is better than the Commission’s, I just offer it as a possibility.

Middlesbrough – Stockton: a seat combining central Middlesbrough with Thornaby. This is the same as the Commission’s proposal, and it’s really the only option.

Stockton – County Durham: a seat combining Billingham with the Sedgefield and Yarm areas. I’ve done this to keep all of Stockton town in one seat.

Elsewhere in County Durham, my counter-proposal has seats that are similar to the current constituencies. This means that, unlike in the Commission’s proposals, Barnard Castle is not with Consett but still with Bishop Auckland.

The main differences from the current constituencies are:
– Newton Aycliffe from Sedgefield to Bishop Auckland. (There is a ward called Shildon East that contains part of Shildon and part of Newton Aycliffe; putting the two towns in the same constituency will avoid breaking local ties.)
– Spennymoor from Bishop Auckland to Durham. This isn’t my preferred option, but it’s difficult otherwise to keep the constituencies the regulation size.

Finally, Hartlepool. The Commission proposes to add a chunk of Billingham to make the numbers up; I prefer the option of adding the Blackhalls ward.

On the map, my proposed seats are shown by the colour shading. The red lines are the current (2010) constituencies. The Commission’s proposals are here. (pdf)

Hartlepool 76,213
Brus 4,895
Burn Valley 4,120
Dyke House 3,523
Elwick 1,700
Fens 4,068
Foggy Furze 3,845
Grange 4,127
Greatham 1,690
Hart 5,262
Owton 4,116
Park 4,672
Rift House 4,742
Rossmere 4,871
St Hilda 4,353
Seaton 5,323
Stranton 3,998
Throston 4,705
Blackhalls 6,203

Middlesbrough Central and Thornaby 73,350
Acklam 4,802
Ayresome 4,455
Beechwood 3,865
Brookfield 4,745
Clairville 3,861
Gresham 5,389
Hemlington 4,290
Kader 4,079
Linthorpe 7,031
Middlehaven 2,693
Park 4,294
Stainton and Thornton 2,356
University 3,866
Mandale and Victoria 7,557
Stainsby Hill 4,835
Village 5,232

Middlesbrough East and Eston 74,260
Beckfield 3,771
North Ormesby and Brambles Farm 4,381
Pallister 4,331
Park End 4,562
Thorntree 4,288
Coulby Newham 7,046
Ladgate 4,229
Marton 3,837
Marton West 4,276
Nunthorpe 4,081
Normanby 5,643
Ormesby 4,744
Eston 5,557
Grangetown 3,223
South Bank 5,012
Teesville 5,279

Redcar 75,936
Brotton 5,374
Guisborough 6,023
Hutton 5,916
Lockwood 1,570
Loftus 5,022
St Germain’s 5,076
Saltburn 4,801
Skelton 5,765
Westworth 3,728
Coatham 3,910
Dormanstown 5,212
Kirkleatham 5,130
Longbeck 5,480
Newcomen 3,360
West Dyke 5,940
Zetland 3,629

Billingham and Sedgefield 75,214
Billingham Central 5,267
Billingham East 5,321
Billingham North 7,324
Billingham South 4,972
Billingham West 4,828
Northern Parishes 2,695
Western Parishes 2,630
Yarm 7,756
Eaglescliffe 8,288
Sedgefield 5,644
Chilton 7,105
Ferryhill 7,424
Trimdon 5,960

Stockton 75,149
Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree 5,304
Fairfield 4,837
Grangefield 5,324
Hardwick 4,842
Hartburn 5,480
Newtown 4,954
Norton North 5,036
Norton South 4,896
Norton West 5,206
Roseworth 5,156
Stockton Town Centre 4,206
Ingleby Barwick East 7,498
Ingleby Barwick West 7,457
Parkfield and Oxbridge 4,953

Bishop Auckland 73,931
Bishop Auckland Town 6,230
Coundon 5,342
Shildon West 5,615
West Auckland 6,498
Woodhouse Close 6,296
Aycliffe East 5,042
Aycliffe North 6,338
Aycliffe West 5,666
Shildon East 6,799
Barnard Castle East 6,929
Barnard Castle West 6,553
Evenwood 6,623

Chester-le-Street 75,337
Annfield Plain 6,102
Burnopfield and Dipton 6,378
Chester-le-Street North and East 6,747
Chester-le-Street South 6,683
Chester-le-Street West Central 6,066
Craghead and South Moor 5,790
Lumley 5,961
Ouston and Urpeth 6,190
Pelton 6,616
Sacriston 5,329
Stanley 6,646
Tanfield 6,829

Consett 73,876
Benfieldside 5,203
Consett North 6,787
Delves Lane and Consett South 8,788
Esh 5,186
Lanchester 6,154
Leadgate and Medomsley 7,694
Weardale 6,842
Crook North and Tow Law 5,922
Crook South 6,666
Deerness Valley 7,494
Willington 7,140

Darlington 78,463
Bank Top 2,695
Central 2,772
Cockerton East 4,126
Cockerton West 2,937
College 3,256
Eastbourne 4,567
Faverdale 2,116
Harrowgate Hill 4,666
Haughton East 3,106
Haughton North 2,740
Haughton West 4,167
Heighington and Coniscliffe 2,967
Hummersknott 2,936
Hurworth 2,881
Lascelles 2,917
Lingfield 2,904
Mowden 3,134
Northgate 2,796
North Road 4,363
Park East 4,266
Park West 2,978
Pierremont 4,034
Middleton St George 3,514
Sadberge and Whessoe 1,625

Durham 74,576
Belmont 5,074
Brandon 7,453
Durham South 5,183
Elvet 7,685
Framwellgate Moor 7,860
Gilesgate 5,964
Neville’s Cross 7,035
Newton Hall 6,175
Sherburn 7,292
Spennymoor and Middlestone 7,631
Tudhoe 7,224

Easington 74,840
Coxhoe 5,444
Dawdon 5,340
Deneside 5,553
Easington 6,150
Horden 6,478
Murton 6,087
Peterlee East 5,897
Peterlee West 5,669
Seaham 6,949
Shotton 7,172
Thornley 5,740
Wingate 8,361

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Newcastle & North Tyneside – an alternative

In North East,redistricting on September 29, 2011 by dadge

Tyne and Wear version 2


If it’s not so important to you to keep the North Tyneside seats as they are, Cramlington could be combined with Longbenton as follows:

Tynemouth 76,494
Chirton 8,267
Collingwood 8,578
Cullercoats 7,513
Monkseaton North 6,996
Monkseaton South 7,686
St Mary’s 6,909
Preston 7,040
Riverside 7,930
Tynemouth 8,407
Whitley Bay 7,168

Newcastle East and Wallsend 74,919
Battle Hill 8,331
Howdon 8,257
Northumberland 6,860
Wallsend 7,766
North Heaton 7,698
South Heaton 6,943
Dene 7,507
Byker 6,953
Walker 7,527
Walkergate 7,077

Longbenton and Cramlington 78,971
Weetslade 7,646
Camperdown 7,882
Longbenton 8,147
Benton 7,863
Killingworth 7,935
Valley 8,054
Cramlington East 4,164
Cramlington Eastfield 3,885
Cramlington North 4,220
Cramlington South East 3,284
Cramlington Village 3,715
Cramlington West 3,922
Holywell 4,043
Seghill with Seaton Delaval 4,211

Newcastle North 75,409
Denton 7,805
Fawdon 7,169
West Gosforth 7,437
East Gosforth 7,297
Castle 7,497
Woolsington 7,837
Newburn 7,065
Westerhope 7,600
Kenton 8,032
Parklands 7,670

Newcastle South 74,285
Benwell and Scotswood 8,473
Blakelaw 7,928
Lemington 7,461
Elswick 7,231
Fenham 7,908
Ouseburn 7,158
North Jesmond 7,337
South Jesmond 7,003
Wingrove 8,047
Westgate 5,739

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Northumbria

In North East,redistricting on September 29, 2011 by dadge

This is the first half of my North East region counterproposal. This covers the 14 seats of Northumberland and Tyne & Wear.

First thing I did was move Haltwhistle out of County Durham back into Hexhamshire. This meant I could move Rowlands Gill back into Gateshead. I also swapped Ponteland East with Rothbury. Most of the changes (shown in italics) are minor except when it comes to Newcastle.

North Tyneside’s 2010 constituencies don’t need to change at all so I’ve put them back how they were. This means that, finally, I have a Newcastle-Cramlington area with three seats. It’s tricky to keep the Newcastle seats above the 72,810 limit, but it’s possible without splitting any wards.

The astute among you will have noticed that Cramlington doesn’t actually share a border with Newcastle – there’s a gap of a couple of hundred metres! There are bound to be objections to having a constituency in two parts so I suggest a simple solution: move the Cramlington West ward boundary just a tad…

(If that all sounds too radical for you, here’s a proposal for a Longbenton & Cramlington seat.)

Berwick and Morpeth 73,190
Alnwick 3,197
Amble 3,222
Amble West with Warkworth 3,363
Bamburgh 3,671
Berwick East 3,229
Berwick North 3,162
Berwick West with Ord 2,985
Bothal 3,576
Chevington with Longhorseley 3,431
Lesbury 4,152
Longhoughton 3,047
Lynemouth 3,410
Morpeth Kirkhill 4,157
Morpeth North 3,391
Morpeth Stobhill 3,096
Norham and Islandshires 3,512
Pegswood 3,038
Rothbury 4,157
Shilbottle 3,912
Ulgham 4,135
Wooler 3,347

Blyth 75,359
Ashington Central 3,717
Bedlington Central 3,383
Bedlington East 3,446
Bedlington West 4,359
Choppington 3,631
College 3,741
Cowpen 3,383
Croft 3,310
Hartley 4,043
Haydon 3,711
Hirst 3,540
Isabella 3,378
Kitty Brewster 3,980
Newbiggin Central and East 3,765
Newsham 3,396
Plessey 3,496
Seaton with Newbiggin West 3,531
Sleekburn 3,040
South Blyth 3,381
Stakeford 3,766
Wensleydale 3,362

Hexham 75,022
Crawcrook and Greenside 6,764
Ryton, Crookhill and Stella 6,399
Bellingham 3,277
Bywell 3,558
Corbridge 3,477
Haltwhistle 3,868
Haydon and Hadrian 3,517
Hexham Central with Acomb 3,237
Hexham East 3,435
Hexham West 3,539
Humshaugh 3,772
Ponteland East 3,687
Ponteland North 3,488
Ponteland South with Heddon 3,560
Ponteland West 3,359
Prudhoe East 4,454
Prudhoe West 3,760
South Tynedale 3,956
Stocksfield and Broomhaugh 3,915

Tynemouth 76,618
Chirton 8,267
Collingwood 8,578
Cullercoats 7,513
Monkseaton North 6,996
Monkseaton South 7,686
St Mary’s 6,909
Preston 7,040
Tynemouth 8,407
Valley 8,054
Whitley Bay 7,168

Wallsend 78,617
Battle Hill 8,331
Benton 7,863
Camperdown 7,882
Howdon 8,257
Killingworth 7,935
Longbenton 8,147
Northumberland 6,860
Riverside 7,930
Wallsend 7,766
Weetslade 7,646

Newcastle West and Cramlington 76,709
Castle 7,497
Denton 7,805
Lemington 7,461
Newburn 7,065
Westerhope 7,600
Woolsington 7,837
Cramlington East 4,164
Cramlington Eastfield 3,885
Cramlington North 4,220
Cramlington South East 3,284
Cramlington Village 3,715
Cramlington West 3,922
Holywell 4,043
Seghill with Seaton Delaval 4,211

Newcastle North 74,093
Dene 7,507
Fawdon 7,169
West Gosforth 7,437
East Gosforth 7,297
North Heaton 7,698
South Heaton 6,943
North Jesmond 7,337
South Jesmond 7,003
Kenton 8,032
Parklands 7,670

Newcastle South 74,041
Benwell and Scotswood 8,473
Blakelaw 7,928
Byker 6,953
Elswick 7,231
Fenham 7,908
Ouseburn 7,158
Walker 7,527
Walkergate 7,077
Wingrove 8,047
Westgate 5,739

Gateshead West 79,316
Blaydon 7,357
Bridges 5,702
Chopwell and Rowlands Gill 7,269
Deckham 6,758
Dunston and Teams 6,258
Dunston Hill and Whickham East 6,863
Felling 5,741
Lobley Hill and Bensham 7,251
Saltwell 5,783
Whickham North 6,625
Whickham South and Sunniside 6,850
Winlaton and High Spen 6,859

Jarrow and Gateshead East 79,284
Chowdene 7,214
High Fell 6,580
Low Fell 7,160
Pelaw and Heworth 6,755
Wardley and Leam Lane 6,369
Windy Nook and Whitehills 7,619
Bede 6,097
Fellgate and Hedworth 6,031
Hebburn North 6,502
Hebburn South 6,147
Monkton 6,487
Primrose 6,323

South Shields 78,101
Beacon and Bents 6,862
Biddick and All Saints 6,336
Boldon Colliery 7,340
Cleadon and East Boldon 6,996
Cleadon Park 5,287
Harton 6,828
Horsley Hill 7,024
Simonside and Rekendyke 6,426
Westoe 6,616
West Park 5,869
Whitburn and Marsden 5,833
Whiteleas 6,684

Sunderland Central 76,726
Barnes 8,959
Fulwell 9,211
Hendon 8,744
Millfield 7,656
Pallion 7,602
St Anne’s 8,661
St Michael’s 9,031
St Peter’s 8,566
Southwick 8,296

Washington 74,686
Birtley 6,321
Lamesley 6,849
Castle 8,668
Redhill 8,705
Washington Central 8,998
Washington East 8,856
Washington North 8,824
Washington South 8,275
Washington West 9,190

Houghton 78,342
Copt Hill 8,977
Doxford 7,992
Hetton 8,902
Houghton 9,150
Ryhope 8,227
St Chad’s 7,965
Sandhill 8,514
Shiney Row 10,082
Silksworth 8,533

The Commission’s proposals are here. Map. (enormous pdf) Send your comments to the Commission here.