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Unsplit Portsmouth!

In boundary changes,Hampshire,Portsmouth on November 2, 2011 by dadge

The City of Portsmouth has 2 constituencies: North and South.

A review of the constituencies is going on, and everyone’s been surprised to see that the Boundary Commission has decided to split Portsmouth into West and East constituencies:

What on earth is going on?

Under pressure from politicians, the Commission has decided that, rather than respect our cities and communities, it will, for its own convenience, and the convenience of the politicians, split our cities apart. This is not just happening in Portsmouth – several other cities are affected, including Birmingham, Nottingham and Southampton.

The ONLY reason this is being done to Portsmouth is that it’s the ONLY way they can find to divide the city between seats without splitting a ward. It’s like parliamentary democracy has become a computer game. To coin a phrase, there’s madness in the method…

What can we do about it?

We can tell the Commission and the politicians: “Split my ward, not my city! Let’s make democracy make sense.”

As people told the public enquiry in Portsmouth in October, all that needs to be done to let the people of Portsmouth have their constituencies and MPs back is to split one ward: Baffins. It’s not rocket science.

Act now!

Sign the petition

Email the Boundary Commission
Email the Chairman of the Commission

Email the Conservative Party
Email the Labour Party
Email the Liberal Democrats
Email your MP

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Hampshire

In Hampshire,redistricting,South East on October 26, 2011 by dadge

Hampshire has a TE of 17.13 seats and an allocation of 17 @ 77,232.

The main complaints I’ve heard about the Commission’s proposals for Hampshire come from Fareham Borough, which the Commission proposes to split in four. It’s inevitable that part of Fareham will be in the Gosport seat, and it’s difficult to avoid Portchester being added to the Portsmouth seat, but we can reunite the rest of the Borough.

The resulting pattern of seats in the county is pretty good and not too different from what has existed before. The two oddities are:

1. The Test Valley seat, encompassing Chandlers Ford, the Bassett ward from Southampton, Romsey and the entire length of the eponymous valley.

2. The arrangements in Rushmoor and Hart. It’s hard to avoid splitting a community. The best I can come up with at the moment is to split Fleet and Church Crookham. I don’t suppose there is anybody alive who can remember Crookham being a separate parish – it became part of Fleet in 1932.

I’ve given Portsmouth back its North and South seats. Baffins polling districts (pdf) HA and HB (4,100 voters) are in the North seat.

My Southampton seats are also more similar to the current ones. Bevois polling districts CA and CB (5,301 voters) are in the Test seat.

Electorates:

Gosport 72,845
Fareham 76,894
Portsmouth North 79,438
Portsmouth South 78,964
Havant 80,453
Southampton Itchen 77,634
Southampton Test 77,320
Eastleigh 78,313
Winchester 74,480
New Forest East 73,277
New Forest West 73,385
Test Valley 79,006
Basingstoke 77,703
Rushmoor 78,797
Andover 78,562
Alton & Hart 77,232
Petersfield 78,649

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