New parliamentary constituency proposed for Hammersmith and Chiswick

Image above: Map showing London constituencies including Brentford & Isleworth, Hammersmith & Chiswick and Ealing Central and Acton; Boundary Commission for England

The Boundary Commission for England has published its proposals for changes to the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies in England. It has been working to draw up a map which would make representation in Parliament fairer by giving each MP a roughly similar number of voters. Some seats have been redrawn and others renamed.

London gains two seats in these initial proposals. Chiswick would form part of the new Hammersmith and Chiswick constituency.

The Chiswick wards which fall under LB Hounslow (Turnham Green ward, renamed ‘Chiswick Gunnersbury’, Chiswick Homefields and Chiswick Riverside) would be taken out of Brentford and Isleworth and join Ravenscourt Park, Brook Green, White City, Shepherd’s Bush Green and Hammersmith Broadway in the new constituency.

Brentford & Isleworth constituency would be redrawn to include other areas of Hounslow and Heston. The Ealing Central and Acton constituency would remain largely unchanged and would still include Southfield ward.

The changes are now being put to a consultation process and the public is invited to comment on them here by Monday 2 August 2021.

Image above: Map of the proposed constituency of Hammersmith and Chiswick; Boundary Commission for England

Who benefits?

According to the BBC’s analysis, working out who would have won each of the new constituencies had they been in place at the time of the last general election, overall the changes will benefit the Conservatives at the expense of Labour.

‘However the boundaries are drawn, more seats in the East of England, South East and South West probably means more Conservative seats’.

You can see more detail of the Boundary Commission’s proposals for London on their website here. By law, every constituency they propose must contain between 69,724 and 77,062 Parliamentary electors (as at 2 March 2020).

The Boundary Commission says:

‘As far as possible, we try to have regard to local ties, geographic factors, local government boundaries (as they were known at 1 December 2020), existing constituencies, and minimising disruption caused by proposed change’.

This is what the redrawn constituency of Brentford and Isleworth would look like.

Image above: Map of the proposed constituency of Brentford and Isleworth; Boundary Commission for England

This is what the proposed constituency of Ealing Central and Acton would look like.

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