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Boundary Commission changes recommendation over Jaywick being taken into North East Essex

PUBLISHED: 00:00 17 October 2017

Priti Patel could face a battle for an Essex seat after the Boundary Commission recommended merged her constituency with John Whittingdale's.

Priti Patel could face a battle for an Essex seat after the Boundary Commission recommended merged her constituency with John Whittingdale's.

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Jaywick is set to be taken into the new Clacton and Harwich constituency under the latest parliamentary boundary change proposals.

Initial recommendations had stated the coastal village could become part of the bordering constituency of North East Essex which is made up mainly from the current Harwich and North Essex patch.

Essex is set to lose one constituency which could see Conservative heavyweights John Whittingdale and current secretary of state for international development Priti Patel fighting it out for the nomination to stand in the newly merged Witham and Maldon seat.

There were no significant proposals affecting Suffolk. All seven constituencies are set to remain largely unchanged.

The news comes amid a planned reduction of the size of the House of Commons from 650 to 600 MPs. In Essex, the number would drop from 18 to 17 if the proposals are approved.

The plans are aimed at ensuring that the number of voters in each constituency is equal. The Boundary Commission for England has been tasked with making independent recommendations about where the changes in the East of England should be.

An initial 12-week consultation was held in the autumn last year, giving the public the first chance to view and comment on the plans, followed by a second consultation in the spring of this year. More than 25,000 public responses were received across the country.

From today people can go to the Commission’s website, www.bce2018.org.uk, to view the latest plans.

The next, and final round of consultations, ends on December 11. The final recommendations will be submitted to parliament in September 2018.

If agreed by parliament, the new constituencies will be in use at the next general election but the government will find it hard to get the plans through a vote after losing its majority.

Sam​ ​Hartley,​ ​secretary​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Boundary​ ​Commission​ ​for​ ​England,​ ​said: “We’re​ ​delighted​ ​with​ ​the​ ​huge​ ​number​ ​of​ ​comments​ ​on​ ​our​ ​initial proposals​ ​that we’ve​ ​received​ ​from​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​public,​ ​many​ ​of​ ​which​ ​contain​ ​valuable​ ​evidence about​ ​people’s​ ​local​ ​communities.​ “Based​ ​on​ ​what​ ​people​ ​have​ ​said​ ​to​ ​us,​ ​we​ ​have revised​ ​more​ ​than​ ​half​ ​of​ ​our​ ​initial​ ​proposals.​ ​​But​ ​we​ ​still​ ​want​ ​people​ ​to​ ​tell​ ​us​ ​what​ ​they​ ​think​ ​of​ ​this​ ​latest​ ​map​.”

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