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Unsplit Leeds!

In boundary changes,Leeds,Yorks/Humber on November 2, 2011 by dadge

The City of Leeds has 7 and a half constituencies: Central, West, North West, East, North East, Pudsey, Elmet & Rothwell, and Morley & Outwood (shared with Wakefield).

A review of the constituencies is going on, and with the national reduction in the number of MPs from 650 to 600, Leeds will only be entitled to 7 MPs. This is good news in a way, since it means that the city doesn’t have to share an MP with Wakefield or anywhere else. Or so you would think…

(The city boundary is shown by a thick black line. The proposed constituencies are shown by thick blue lines. The red numbers refer to the notes below.)

For reasons best known to itself, the Boundary Commission has proposed a complete redrawing of the constituency map of Leeds, including FIVE seats that include parts of neighbouring authorities:

1. The most ridiculous proposal is to combine Alwoodley and parts of Allerton with various villages across the Wharfe: Huby, Spofforth, Killinghall, Summerbridge…

2. The towns in the north west of the borough are put together with Baildon and half of Idle.

3. The other half of Idle is in a Pudsey seat that also includes Armley.

4. Half of Batley is combined with Morley and parts of the inner city.

5. The Outwood district of Wakefield has been put with Leeds city centre.

Could they have done a worse job?

How has this happened?

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 Leeds – several other cities are affected, including Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.

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.”

If we split two or three Leeds wards we can keep the city together and keep the changes to the constituencies as small as possible. It’s not rocket science. Here’s one suggestion:

Elmet & Rothwell 77,994
Leeds East 79,242
Leeds North East 78,529*
Pudsey & Aireborough 76,157*
Leeds North 79,095
Leeds West 78,736*
Morley 75,585*

*Estimates

The two split wards are:
Otley & Yeadon: Otley is in Leeds NE; Yeadon is in the Pudsey seat
City & Hunslet: Beeston Hill and the city centre are in Leeds W; Hunslet is in the Morley seat

That’s the best suggestion I can come up with at the moment, but there are other possibilities – you could maybe suggest an alternative. The main thing is that all the seats are in Leeds, where they belong.

Act now!

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Consultation week 8

In boundary changes,Humberside,Leeds,News,Yorks/Humber on October 31, 2011 by dadge

Hearings are under way today in Northampton, Crawley, Wandsworth and Colchester. I can’t see the Crawley one being very interesting, but there are still plenty of issues to discuss in London and Essex, and the main issue in Northamptonshire is which bit of the county to combine with a part of Leicestershire: Daventry, Corby or the east.

Here in Birmingham I’m looking forward to Thursday, when the West Midlands boundaries circus gets under way. A small hint of what’s in store from the Labour Party in this article from the Great Barr Observer:

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Last night BBC Radio 4’s “The Westminster Hour” featured the boundary review. Mandy Baker went to the hearing in Leeds and produced a very interesting report about the politics of the Review. Some quotes:

Roger Pratt (Conservative strategist): “[Three seats in West Yorkshire] are some of the strangest constituencies I have seen from the Boundary Commission.”

Fabian Hamilton MP (Labour, Leeds NE): “The consensus has gone and I think that’s tragic.”

Greg Mulholland MP (LibDem, Leeds NW): “If the Boundary Commission are given daft rules you’re going to end up with some daft seats.”

Labour’s Greg Cook offered no counter-proposals because even though the Yorkshire proposals are plainly ridiculous, he thinks they will deliver Labour an extra MP. (The Tory party’s position vis-a-vis Nottinghamshire was essentially the same.) Hopefully, come the next election, local people will punish the main parties for this attitude.

(Notice that if the Commission are persuaded to restore the Elmet & Rothwell seat, which is one of the easiest changes they could make, the extra Labour seat that Greg is dreaming of will go up in a puff of smoke.)

Interesting to hear Greg Mulholland attacking his coalition partners for framing the law to give themselves a political advantage, and Fabian Hamilton attacking his own party for its short-sightedness.

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A bit further east, a surprising report from Hedon, where the town council has decided not to get involved in the boundary consultation, despite the Commission’s intention to move the town into Hull East. Apparently the council decided the matter was “too political” to be involved in. Idiots.

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Wakefield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster

In redistricting,South Yorkshire,West Yorkshire,Yorks/Humber on October 20, 2011 by dadge

This is a toughie. The theoretical entitlements are as follows:

Wakefield 3.29
Barnsley 2.30
Rotherham 2.50
Doncaster 2.88
Total 10.96

Doncaster can just about be reviewed on its own (the average size for its 3 seats is 73,468) but I included it in this group just in case.

The large ward electorates in this area make redistricting very difficult. I’ve managed it with only 2 split wards, but a couple of the seats aren’t perfect and might justify a bit more splitting.

The most difficult seat to deal with was Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford. (Perhaps this isn’t surprising – it caused quite a bit of trouble at the last Review.) It’s too big and if you trim the rural fringe off it it’s still too big. the best solution I could come up with was to take Normanton out (including Altofts) and put Featherstone in. The new Wakefield seat is also too big, so I’ve put Wakefield South ward, and the Portobello PD from Wakefield East ward, in the Normanton seat. Wakefield Rural ward becomes part of the Penistone seat.

(My plans in the Wakefield and Dewsbury areas aren’t perfect, but almost anything is better than the Commission’s plan, which splits Wakefield, Batley, Dewsbury, Spen and Normanton and has six seats that cross borough boundaries.)

The strange shape and composition of the Wentworth & Dearne seat is caused by ward sizes. If you put the borders of the Barnsley and Rotherham seats where you think they should go, the numbers just don’t add up. The Rotherham seat is particularly bad, and probably justifies a split ward to get Rawmarsh out and Greasbrough in.

(Edit: On reflection, my Rotherham seat isn’t so bad. The ward boundaries (pdf) make very little sense around Rotherham – for example the Silverwood ward includes bits of Rawmarsh and Bramley – and my plan doesn’t split too many communities.)

As you can see, in the end I left Doncaster as it is – there was no benefit from combining it with one of its neighbours.  Transferring Maltby from Rotherham would improve the constituencies a bit, but at the expense of two split wards and an orphan ward.

PONTEFRACT & CASTLEFORD 78,720
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 12,039
Featherstone 12,702
Knottingley 10,621
Pontefract North 12,088
Pontefract South 12,090
Airedale and Ferry Fryston 11,625
Altofts and Whitwood 12,512
Altofts -2,143
Lee Brigg -2,814
   
NORMANTON & HEMSWORTH 79,505
Crofton, Ryhill and Walton 12,244
Hemsworth 11,963
Wakefield South 10,561
Portobello 1454
Normanton 12,309
Altofts 2,143
Lee Brigg 2,814
Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton 12,665
South Elmsall and South Kirkby 13,352
   
WAKEFIELD 80,321
Horbury and South Ossett 12,111
Ossett 12,753
Wakefield North 10,765
Wakefield West 11,234
Stanley and Outwood East 12,079
Wrenthorpe and Outwood West 11,670
Wakefield East 11,163
Portobello -1454
   
DON VALLEY 73,674
Conisbrough and Denaby 10,454
Edlington and Warmsworth 10,412
Hatfield 10,080
Rossington 10,093
Thorne 10,650
Torne Valley 10,006
Finningley 11,979
   
DONCASTER CENTRAL 73,874
Armthorpe 10,898
Balby 11,098
Bessacarr and Cantley 11,306
Central 10,567
Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall and Barnby Dun 10,636
Town Moor 10,021
Wheatley 9,348
   
DONCASTER NORTH 72,855
Adwick 10,672
Askern Spa 9,818
Bentley 9,888
Great North Road 11,681
Mexborough 11,390
Sprotbrough 9,628
Stainforth and Moorends 9,778
   
BARNSLEY 80,471
Central 7,760
Monk Bretton 8,256
Old Town 8,405
Royston 8,315
St Helens 7,692
Kingstone 7,598
Wombwell 8,565
Darfield 7,953
Stairfoot 8,394
Worsbrough 7,533
   
PENISTONE 74,102
Hoyland Milton 9,163
Rockingham 8,670
Darton East 8,389
Darton West 8,317
Dodworth 7,886
Penistone East 9,180
Penistone West 8,992
Wakefield Rural 13,505
   
WENTWORTH & DEARNE 80,222
Hoober 8,942
Keppel 9,286
Swinton 8,937
Wath 9,094
Wingfield 9,016
Dearne North 8,059
Dearne South 8,923
North East 9,848
Cudworth 8,117
   
ROTHER VALLEY 73,068
Anston and Woodsetts 8,940
Dinnington 9,284
Hellaby 9,205
Holderness 9,470
Maltby 9,040
Rother Vale 9,075
Sitwell 9,466
Wales 8,588
   
ROTHERHAM 73,146
Boston Castle 9,024
Brinsworth and Catcliffe 9,033
Rotherham East 8,786
Rotherham West 9,004
Wickersley 9,278
Rawmarsh 9,517
Valley 8,982
Silverwood 9,522

South Yorkshire 1954

Wakefield polling district info

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Humberside

In Humberside,redistricting,Yorks/Humber on October 19, 2011 by dadge

Humberside is entitled to 9 seats.

In East Yorkshire, my plan is less radical than the Commission’s: I keep Hedon in a Beverley & Holderness seat, for example. Hull is combined with the old Haltemprice town council area. Goole is a very rural seat and includes all of Axholme. 

(Image courtesy of boundaryassistant.org)

“South Humberside” is really north Lincolnshire, and one day it’d be nice if the area was moved back into the East Midlands region. That would make constituency-building a lot easier.

In my plan, instead of splitting Cleethorpes, I’ve split Grimsby. This is partly to avoid splitting a ward – if you split a ward you can create seats more like the current ones.

BRIDLINGTON & WOLDS 80435
Bridlington North 11677
Bridlington Central and Old Town 8549
Bridlington South 11381
East Wolds and Coastal 11797
Driffield and Rural 12045
Wolds Weighton 12166
Pocklington Provincial 12820
   
BEVERLEY & HOLDERNESS 79775
South East Holderness 11869
Mid Holderness 11339
South West Holderness 11634
North Holderness 8350
Beverley Rural 11441
St Mary’s 12853
Minster and Woodmansey 12289
   
HULL WEST & HESSLE 79732
Willerby and Kirk Ella 11019
Hessle 11651
Pickering 8990
Tranby 7768
Newington 7686
Boothferry 9594
Derringham 8988
Avenue 9163
St Andrew’s 4873
   
HULL EAST 74556
Marfleet 9150
Longhill 8679
Ings 9399
Holderness 10173
Drypool 9429
Southcoates West 5966
Southcoates East 5708
Myton 9450
Newland 6602
   
COTTINGHAM & BRANSHOLME 73754
Bransholme West 6023
Kings Park 7306
Beverley 6807
University 6851
Orchard Park and Greenwood 9137
Bricknell 6567
Cottingham North 7316
Cottingham South 7338
Bransholme East 6763
Sutton 9646
   
GOOLE 77823
Dale 13605
South Hunsley 7903
Howdenshire 11985
Howden 3930
Goole North 7867
Goole South 6861
Snaith, Airmyn, Rawcliffe and Marshland 7903
Axholme North 6448
Axholme Central 5610
Axholme South 5711
   
SCUNTHORPE 75401
Burringham and Gunness 3042
Ridge 10253
Bottesford 9111
Brumby 8122
Crosby and Park 8310
Frodingham 5641
Town 5132
Kingsway with Lincoln Gardens 8328
Ashby 8592
Burton upon Stather and Winterton 8870
   
GRIMSBY SOUTH & CLEETHORPES 73182
Park 8960
Scartho 8081
Heneage 8255
Waltham 5650
Humberston and New Waltham 8711
Haverstoe 8140
Croft Baker 8653
Sidney Sussex 8338
South 8394
   
GRIMSBY NORTH & BRIGG 74064
Brigg and Wolds 9132
Barton 8252
Ferry 8766
Immingham 8577
Wolds 5808
Freshney 7479
Yarborough 8456
West Marsh 4940
East Marsh 7364
Broughton and Appleby 5290

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Humberside in 1955

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North Yorkshire

In North Yorkshire,redistricting,Yorks/Humber on October 19, 2011 by dadge

This is the easiest review area of all. Between them, North Yorkshire and York have an allocation of 8 seats, and all of them can stay exactly the same. 🙂

York Central 75,656
York Outer 75,125
Selby & Ainsty 73,580
Harrogate & Knaresborough 75,044
Skipton & Ripon 77,098
Richmond 78,902
Thirsk & Malton 77,230
Scarborough & Whitby 76,078

The Boundary Commission, on the other hand, claims it has to move a large rural piece of the West Riding into Leeds:

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Sheffield

In redistricting,Sheffield,South Yorkshire,Yorks/Humber on October 18, 2011 by dadge

Like Leeds, Sheffield is a city that should be being reviewed on its own, but the Commission has made seats that cross the city’s borders rather than split wards. In Sheffield’s case, it’s actually split a ward, singular, since it’s possible to do it with just the one (West Ecclesfield). It’d be possible to make a much better job with more split wards, but it starts to get messy, so for now, let’s keep it simple. The Commission has already proposed three seats wholly in Sheffield, and the remaining wards can be made into two more seats. To do this, the West seat (I haven’t tried to give them tradtional names) goes up Oughtibridge Lane to include Grenoside. As you can see from the table, the North East seat is still too big, so some people from the Barnes Hall area will also have to be excluded.

Update: Speaking of much better jobs, check out Jonathan Harston’s comprehensive analysis.

SHEFFIELD NORTH EAST 80,720
East Ecclesfield 14,464
Firth Park 13,566
Southey 13,519
West Ecclesfield 14,035
Shiregreen and Brightside 13,787
Darnall 14,711
minus Grenoside -3362
   
SHEFFIELD CENTRAL 73,171
Broomhill 12,974
Burngreave 14,765
Central 17,646
Hillsborough 13,569
Walkley 14,217
   
SHEFFIELD SOUTH EAST 78,338
Beighton 13,239
Birley 12,898
Manor Castle 12,134
Mosborough 13,595
Richmond 13,123
Woodhouse 13,349
   
SHEFFIELD SOUTH 79,790
Beauchief and Greenhill 13,530
Dore and Totley 13,477
Graves Park 13,346
Nether Edge 13,004
Arbourthorne 12,551
Gleadless Valley 13,882
   
SHEFFIELD WEST 74,493
Stannington 14,159
Stocksbridge and Upper Don 14,576
Crookes 13,702
Ecclesall 14,647
Fulwood 14,047
Grenoside 3362

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Bradford, Calderdale & Kirklees

In redistricting,West Yorkshire,Yorks/Humber on October 17, 2011 by dadge

The theoretical entitlements of these three boroughs are as follows:

Bradford 4.31
Calderdale 1.89
Kirklees 3.97
Total 10.17

So, together they are entitled to 10 seats. In theory Kirklees could be reviewed on its own, but in practice that’s difficult because it has 23 wards to be divided between 4 seats, and also because Bradford and Calderdale have a combined entitlement to 6 and one fifth seats, and it’s hard to find somewhere to put those extra 15,000 voters. In my plan those voters become part of a Spenborough seat.

Reviewing the three boroughs as one area helps to undo some of the problems with the Commission’s proposals. They plan to split Bingley, Shipley, Idle, Dewsbury and Batley. What’s worse, they plan to put half of Idle and half of Batley into Leeds constituencies. Worst of all(?) they plan an East Dewsbury and West Wakefield seat.

The three options below are similar, the main differences being:

Option 1: the Colne Valley ward in the Calder Valley seat (Requires a split ward)
Option 2: the Worth Valley ward in the Calder Valley seat
Option 3: Queensbury in the Halifax seat

OPTION 1

1. KEIGHLEY 76,079
Craven 12,213
Ilkley 11,224
Keighley Central 11,163
Keighley East 11,588
Keighley West 10,479
Wharfedale 9,108
Worth Valley 10,304
   
2. BRADFORD NORTH 80,200
Bingley Rural 13,087
Heaton 10,133
Shipley 10,695
Toller 11,050
Bingley 13,205
Windhill and Wrose 10,578
Baildon 11,452
   
3. BRADFORD EAST 76,830
Bolton and Undercliffe 11,029
Bowling and Barkerend 11,258
Bradford Moor 11,395
Manningham 10,678
Eccleshill 10,865
Idle and Thackley 11,714
City 9,891
   
3. BRADFORD SOUTH WEST 75,269
Great Horton 10,905
Little Horton 10,457
Royds 11,270
Wibsey 9,865
Clayton and Fairweather Green 10,868
Thornton and Allerton 10,805
Queensbury 11,099
   
5. SPENBOROUGH 73,302
Wyke 10,029
Tong 11,547
Birstall and Birkenshaw 12,521
Cleckheaton 12,846
Heckmondwike 12,653
Liversedge and Gomersal 13,706
   
6. DEWSBURY & BATLEY 79,827
Dewsbury East 13,439
Dewsbury South 12,864
Batley East 12,671
Batley West 13,075
Dewsbury West 12,720
Mirfield 15,058
   
7. CALDER VALLEY 80,436
Brighouse 8,529
Calder 8,824
Elland 8,267
Greetland and Stainland 8,443
Luddendenfoot 7,965
Rastrick 8,503
Ryburn 8,535
Todmorden 8,314
Colne Valley 13,256
  -200
   
8. HALIFAX 77,787
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe 8,661
Illingworth and Mixenden 9,062
Northowram and Shelf 9,058
Ovenden 8,078
Park 8,576
Skircoat 9,366
Sowerby Bridge 8,208
Town 8,449
Warley 8,329
   
9. HUDDERSFIELD 80,361
Ashbrow 13,541
Crosland Moor and Netherton 13,017
Greenhead 13,487
Golcar 13,548
Lindley 13,918
Dalton 12,650
  200
   
10. HOLME VALLEY 79,608
Denby Dale 12,692
Holme Valley North 12,694
Holme Valley South 14,358
Almondbury 13,488
Kirkburton 12,861
Newsome 13,515

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OPTION 2

1. KEIGHLEY 78,980
Craven 12,213
Ilkley 11,224
Keighley Central 11,163
Keighley East 11,588
Keighley West 10,479
Wharfedale 9,108
Bingley 13,205
   
2. BRADFORD NORTH 77,800
Bingley Rural 13,087
Heaton 10,133
Shipley 10,695
Toller 11,050
Windhill and Wrose 10,578
Baildon 11,452
Thornton and Allerton 10,805
   
3. BRADFORD EAST 78,265
Bolton and Undercliffe 11,029
Bowling and Barkerend 11,258
Bradford Moor 11,395
Eccleshill 10,865
Idle and Thackley 11,714
Tong 11,547
Little Horton 10,457
   
3. BRADFORD SOUTH WEST 74,576
Great Horton 10,905
Royds 11,270
Wibsey 9,865
Clayton and Fairweather Green 10,868
Queensbury 11,099
City 9,891
Manningham 10,678
   
5. SPENBOROUGH 76,813
Birstall and Birkenshaw 12,521
Cleckheaton 12,846
Heckmondwike 12,653
Liversedge and Gomersal 13,706
Mirfield 15,058
Wyke 10,029
   
6. DEWSBURY & BATLEY 77,630
Dewsbury East 13,439
Dewsbury South 12,864
Batley East 12,671
Batley West 13,075
Dewsbury West 12,720
Kirkburton 12,861
   
7. HALIFAX 77,787
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe 8,661
Illingworth and Mixenden 9,062
Northowram and Shelf 9,058
Ovenden 8,078
Park 8,576
Skircoat 9,366
Sowerby Bridge 8,208
Town 8,449
Warley 8,329
   
8. CALDER VALLEY 77,684
Brighouse 8,529
Calder 8,824
Elland 8,267
Greetland and Stainland 8,443
Luddendenfoot 7,965
Rastrick 8,503
Ryburn 8,535
Todmorden 8,314
Worth Valley 10,304
9. HUDDERSFIELD 79,698
Ashbrow 13,541
Crosland Moor and Netherton 13,017
Greenhead 13,487
Newsome 13,515
Almondbury 13,488
Dalton 12,650
   
10. COLNE VALLEY 80,466
Golcar 13,548
Lindley 13,918
Denby Dale 12,692
Holme Valley North 12,694
Holme Valley South 14,358
Colne Valley 13,256

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OPTION 3

1. KEIGHLEY 76,079
Craven 12,213
Ilkley 11,224
Keighley Central 11,163
Keighley East 11,588
Keighley West 10,479
Wharfedale 9,108
Worth Valley 10,304
   
2. SHIPLEY & BINGLEY 79,955
Bingley Rural 13,087
Shipley 10,695
Windhill and Wrose 10,578
Baildon 11,452
Thornton and Allerton 10,805
Bingley 13,205
Heaton 10,133
   
3. BRADFORD WEST 74,527
Great Horton 10,905
Royds 11,270
Wibsey 9,865
City 9,891
Manningham 10,678
Toller 11,050
Clayton and Fairweather Green 10,868
   
4. BRADFORD EAST 78,265
Bolton and Undercliffe 11,029
Bowling and Barkerend 11,258
Bradford Moor 11,395
Eccleshill 10,865
Idle and Thackley 11,714
Tong 11,547
Little Horton 10,457
   
5. SPENBOROUGH 76,813
Birstall and Birkenshaw 12,521
Cleckheaton 12,846
Heckmondwike 12,653
Liversedge and Gomersal 13,706
Mirfield 15,058
Wyke 10,029
   
6. DEWSBURY & BATLEY 77,630
Dewsbury East 13,439
Dewsbury South 12,864
Batley East 12,671
Batley West 13,075
Dewsbury West 12,720
Kirkburton 12,861
   
7. CALDER VALLEY 76,041
Brighouse 8,529
Calder 8,824
Elland 8,267
Greetland and Stainland 8,443
Luddendenfoot 7,965
Rastrick 8,503
Ryburn 8,535
Todmorden 8,314
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe 8,661
   
8. HALIFAX 80,225
Illingworth and Mixenden 9,062
Northowram and Shelf 9,058
Ovenden 8,078
Park 8,576
Skircoat 9,366
Sowerby Bridge 8,208
Town 8,449
Warley 8,329
Queensbury 11,099
   
9. HUDDERSFIELD 79,698
Ashbrow 13,541
Crosland Moor and Netherton 13,017
Greenhead 13,487
Newsome 13,515
Almondbury 13,488
Dalton 12,650
   
10. COLNE VALLEY 80,466
Golcar 13,548
Lindley 13,918
Denby Dale 12,692
Holme Valley North 12,694
Holme Valley South 14,358
Colne Valley 13,256

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