Hollingbourne may change parliamentary constituency.

Under proposals just published by the Boundary Commission for England, Hollingbourne may move out of Faversham and Mid Kent in to Tonbridge and the Weald. The Commission is proposing to reduce the total number of MP’s from 650 to 600 and the public consultation on this matter runs until 5th December.

Parts of the Maidstone and the Weald Constituency also appear to move to the new constituency. Most of Maidstone remains as Maidstone and the intention is to reduce the number of English constituencies from 533 to 501 with an electorate of between 71031 and 78507.

If these proposals are adopted Mrs Helen Whately, who was elected MP for Faversham and Mid Kent in 2015, would be Hollingbourne’s MP for just one parliament unless she sought election in 2020 as the Member for Tonbridge and the Weald. The areas of her constituency not moving to Tonbridge and the Weald are shown in the proposals as being merged with Canterbury.

There will be a public consultation in Maidstone on 3rd and 4th November and further details are awaited.

For more information please go to http://www.bce2018.org.uk/

Pictured below is Mrs Helen Whately, Hollingbourne’s present Member of Parliament who may lose her seat as part of the Boundary Changes proposals.