Harrogate constituency could change

PROPOSED changes to the political boundaries across Yorkshire and the Humber would see Harrogate and Knaresborough become the fifth biggest constituency in the region.

The Independent Boundary Commission has revealed the proposals as part of a Government initiative to reduce the total number of MPs across the country from 650 to 600 and have each of those representing a similar number of voters.

If approved, Harrogate and Knaresborough would lose Killinghall to the new constituency of North West Leeds and Nidderdale, but gain the wards of Marston Moor, Ouseburn and Ribston from Selby and Ainsty, creating a new, considerably larger constituency with an electorate of 79,817.

The plan will now go to a consultation period, closing on December 5, and members of the public are encouraged, after reading through the proposal, to voice their opinions either online at www.consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk or by attending one of the public hearings, details of which can be found on the website.