New Constituency Boundaries for Britain 2018

This page first posted 30 May 2016, updated 18 October 2017

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New Boundaries Introduction

Following the passage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act, the four national Boundary Commissions were asked to undertake the "2018 Review" of contituency boundaries to equalise the size of seat both within and between the four nations of the UK. The Boundary Commissions are independent bodies who put considerable effort into drawing up boundaries in a generally fair way, reflecting local geography and affiliations. There are two consultation periods where comments and objections to the proposals can be brought forward for consideration.

The Boundary Commission of England published its initial set of proposals on 13 September 2016, with final proposals being ready by September 2018. The Welsh Boundary Commission also published their initial proposals on the same day. The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland published its initial proposals on 6 September 2016. The Scottish Boundary Commission is published its initial proposals on 20 October 2016.

Revised proposals were published by the English, Scottish and Welsh Boundary Commissions on 17 October 2017.

Browsable national map

Click on the map image to go to a full browsable map of the all the seats with initial proposals.

UK New Boundary Seat Map 2018

Review in doubt — September 2017

Press reports in early September 2017 (see Times or Guardian) suggest that the government is unlikely to push forward with the reduction in seats to 600. It is suggested that the Boundary Commissions will be asked to repeat their reviews but keeping the total number of seats at 650.

That will require primary legislation, since the 600 seats are set down in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011. If new legislation is brought forward it could usefully also change the electorate tolerances from 5pc to 10pc, as this would make seats more homogeneous and reduce the need to cross traditional boundaries.

A repeat of the reviews could not be done very quickly, since all the proposed boundaries would have to be redrawn and the consultation processes re-run on the new boundaries.

Taken together, this greatly increases the chances that the next general election will be run under the existing boundaries.

Seat Totals by Nation

The total number of seats per consituent part of the country is already known:

AreaOld SeatsNew SeatsChange
England533501−32
Scotland5953−6
Wales4029−11
Northern
Ireland
1817−1
Total650600−50

This page contains full details of these reviews as they are published.

Executive Summary

The Boundary Commissions have now all published their initial proposals. This allows us to get a good overall view of the likely outcome. In terms of the headline impact on seats nationally the implied result of the 2017 general election, as if it had been run under the new boundaries, is:

Actual general
election result 2017
Implied result at 2017
under new boundaries
ChangeDisappearSwitch OutSwitch InFresh
CON318302−16−22−16184
LAB262240−22−29−16203
LIB127−50−500
UKIP0000000
Green1100000
SNP3531−4−5−331
Plaid42−2−1−100
DUP107−3−1−301
SF792−1030
MIN1100000
Total650600−50−59−44449

The Conservatives would change from being 8 seats short of a majority to having a majority of four seats. If they continued to have an alliance with the DUP, their total majority would have increased from six to eighteen.

The analysis below shows which seats "disappear" under the boundary changes, which seats switch party allegiance, and which fresh seats are newly created.

Area by area

Area by area, the net change in seats is shown in this table:

RegionOld SeatsNew SeatsChangeCONLABLIBUKIPGreenNATMIN
Northern Ireland1817−100−30020
Scotland5953−6−22−200−40
North East2925−4−1−300000
North West7568−7−1−5−10000
Yorks/Humber5450−4−1−300000
Wales4029−11−3−6000−20
West Midlands5953−6−2−400000
East Midlands4644−21−300000
Anglia5857−1−2100000
South West5553−2−3100000
London7368−5−2−2−10000
South East8483−100−10000
Total650600−50−16−22−800−40

There are full regional pages of explanation and seat breakdowns available. Just click on the region's name in the left-hand column of the table.

Generally, the regions of northern England and London lose the most seats, while southern England loses fewer seats. Since the former regions are more Labour-leaning than the latter, this is the main driver for the relatively larger losses of Labour seats.

Disappearing Seats

For each proposed new seat, we define the predecessor seat to be the old seat which contributes the most voters to that new seat. Old seats which are not the predecessor of any new seat are said to "disappear". This means that they are split into fragments, and none of those fragments forms the largest part of any new seat.

There are 59 disappearing seats across the country, shown in the table below:

Old SeatPartyCurrent MPCounty/Area
AberavonLABStephen KinnockWest Glamorgan (Wales)
AberconwyCONGuto BebbClwyd (Wales)
Aberdeenshire West and KincardineCONAndrew BowieGrampian (Scotland)
Airdrie and ShottsSNPNeil GrayGlasgow area (Scotland)
ArfonPlaidHywel WilliamsGwynedd (Wales)
Ayrshire CentralSNPPhilippa WhitfordAyrshire and Lanark (Scotland)
Belfast SouthDUPEmma Little PengellyAntrim (Northern Ireland)
Birmingham Perry BarrLABKhalid MahmoodBirmingham (West Midlands)
Bradford EastLABImran HussainWest Yorkshire (Yorks/Humber)
Cardiff CentralLABJo StevensSouth Glamorgan (Wales)
Carmarthen West and Pembrokeshire SouthCONSimon HartDyfed (Wales)
Chelsea and FulhamCONGreg HandsHammersmith and Fulham (London)
Cornwall NorthCONScott MannCornwall (South West)
DelynLABDavid HansonClwyd (Wales)
Derbyshire MidCONPauline LathamDerbyshire (East Midlands)
Dorset NorthCONSimon HoareDorset (South West)
Dudley NorthLABIan AustinBlack Country (West Midlands)
Dulwich and West NorwoodLABHelen HayesLambeth (London)
Durham, City ofLABRoberta Blackman-WoodsDurham (North East)
Edinburgh South WestSNPJoanna CherryEdinburgh area (Scotland)
Erith and ThamesmeadLABTeresa PearceBexley (London)
Faversham and Kent MidCONHelen WhatelyKent (South East)
Finchley and Golders GreenCONMike FreerBarnet (London)
GedlingLABVernon CoakerNottinghamshire (East Midlands)
Glasgow CentralSNPAlison ThewlissGlasgow area (Scotland)
GowerLABTonia AntoniazziWest Glamorgan (Wales)
Great GrimsbyLABMelanie OnnHumber area (Yorks/Humber)
Hackney North and Stoke NewingtonLABDiane AbbottHackney (London)
Haltemprice and HowdenCONDavid DavisHumber area (Yorks/Humber)
Herefordshire NorthCONBill WigginHereford and Worcestershire (West Midlands)
IslwynLABChris EvansGwent (Wales)
Kenilworth and SouthamCONJeremy WrightWarwickshire (West Midlands)
Lancaster and FleetwoodLABCat SmithLancashire (North West)
Leeds WestLABRachel ReevesWest Yorkshire (Yorks/Humber)
Leyton and WansteadLABJohn CryerWaltham Forest (London)
Liverpool WaltonLABDan CardenMerseyside (North West)
Meon ValleyCONGeorge HollingberyHampshire (South East)
Middlesbrough South and Cleveland EastCONSimon ClarkeTeesside (North East)
MontgomeryshireCONGlyn DaviesPowys (Wales)
Newcastle upon Tyne NorthLABCatherine McKinnellNewcastle area (North East)
Newport EastLABJessica MordenGwent (Wales)
Ochil and South PerthshireCONLuke GrahamCentral (Scotland)
Penistone and StocksbridgeLABAngela SmithSouth Yorkshire (Yorks/Humber)
PontypriddLABOwen SmithMid Glamorgan (Wales)
Poplar and LimehouseLABJim FitzpatrickTower Hamlets (London)
Ribble ValleyCONNigel EvansLancashire (North West)
RochdaleLABTony LloydEastern Manchester (North West)
Ross Skye and LochaberSNPIan BlackfordHighland (Scotland)
StockportLABAnn CoffeyEastern Manchester (North West)
Stockton NorthLABAlex CunninghamTeesside (North East)
StoneCONBill CashStaffordshire (West Midlands)
TattonCONEsther McVeyCheshire (North West)
Tunbridge WellsCONGreg ClarkKent (South East)
Ulster MidSFFrancie MolloyTyrone (Northern Ireland)
Walsall NorthCONEddie HughesBlack Country (West Midlands)
WansbeckLABIan LaveryNorthumberland (North East)
Wirral SouthLABAlison McGovernMerseyside (North West)
WithamCONPriti PatelEssex (Anglia)
WorkingtonLABSue HaymanCumbria (North West)

If an MP's name is shown here it does not mean that he or she will stop being an MP at the next election. But they have to change the precise area which they represent, and they may be subject to their party's reselection process.

Switching seats

Some new seats have clear predecessor seats, but the boundary changes are large enough that the new seat contains many voters with a different political outlook. This can cause the new seat to have a different predicted party winner from its predecessor. Such seats are called "switching seats", and there are 44 of them:

Old seatOld
Party
Current MPNew seatNew PartyNew
Majority
County/Area
Barrow and FurnessLABJohn WoodcockBarrow and FurnessCON829Cumbria (North West)
BedfordLABMohammad YasinBedfordCON9Bedfordshire (Anglia)
Belfast NorthDUPNigel DoddsBelfast North WestSF2,869Antrim (Northern Ireland)
Bolton WestCONChris GreenBolton WestLAB2,043Western Manchester (North West)
Brighton KemptownLABLloyd Russell-MoyleBrighton Kemptown and SeahavenCON2,588East Sussex (South East)
Caithness Sutherland and Easter RossLIBJamie StoneHighland NorthSNP935Highland (Scotland)
Camborne and RedruthCONGeorge EusticeFalmouth, Camborne and RedruthLAB3Cornwall (South West)
CanterburyLABRosie DuffieldCanterbury and FavershamCON2,308Kent (South East)
Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaidJonathan EdwardsCarmarthenLAB622Dyfed (Wales)
Carshalton and WallingtonLIBTom BrakeCarshalton and WallingtonCON739Sutton (London)
CheadleCONMary RobinsonStockport South and CheadleLAB590Eastern Manchester (North West)
Cities of London and WestminsterCONMark FieldCities of London and WestminsterLAB1,019City of Westminster (London)
Clwyd SouthLABSusan Elan JonesClwyd South and Montgomeryshire NorthCON2,459Clwyd (Wales)
CopelandCONTrudy HarrisonCumbria WestLAB9,931Cumbria (North West)
Coventry SouthLABJames CunninghamCoventry South and KenilworthCON4,466Coventry and Solihull (West Midlands)
Crewe and NantwichLABLaura SmithCrewe and NantwichCON1,410Cheshire (North West)
Croydon CentralLABSarah JonesCroydon South EastCON1,830Croydon (London)
Derby SouthLABMargaret BeckettDerby EastCON2,785Derbyshire (East Midlands)
Edinburgh EastSNPTommy SheppardEdinburgh EastLAB2,779Edinburgh area (Scotland)
Edinburgh WestLIBChristine JardineEdinburgh WestSNP1,704Edinburgh area (Scotland)
Glasgow EastSNPDavid LindenGlasgow EastLAB99Glasgow area (Scotland)
Harrow EastCONBob BlackmanHarrow NorthLAB2,718Harrow (London)
KeighleyLABJohn GroganKeighleyCON1,522West Yorkshire (Yorks/Humber)
KensingtonLABEmma Dent CoadKensington and ChelseaCON5,110Kensington and Chelsea (London)
LincolnLABKaren LeeLincolnCON140Lincolnshire (East Midlands)
Londonderry EastDUPGregory CampbellGlenshaneSF2,549Londonderry (Northern Ireland)
MidlothianLABDanielle RowleyMidlothian and Upper TweeddaleSNP1,181Edinburgh area (Scotland)
Milton Keynes SouthCONIain StewartMilton Keynes South WestLAB576Buckinghamshire (South East)
Morecambe and LunesdaleCONDavid MorrisLancaster and MorecambeLAB6,446Lancashire (North West)
Morley and OutwoodCONAndrea JenkynsBatley and MorleyLAB4,804West Yorkshire (Yorks/Humber)
Motherwell and WishawSNPMarion FellowsLanarkshire North EastLAB587Glasgow area (Scotland)
Newcastle-under-LymeLABPaul FarrellyNewcastle-under-LymeCON2,592Staffordshire (West Midlands)
Norwich NorthCONChloe SmithNorwich NorthLAB1,979Norfolk (Anglia)
Oxford West and AbingdonLIBLayla MoranAbingdon and Oxford NorthCON2,311Oxfordshire (South East)
PudseyCONStuart AndrewPudseyLAB15,364West Yorkshire (Yorks/Humber)
Southampton ItchenCONRoyston SmithSouthampton ItchenLAB3,337Hampshire (South East)
TelfordCONLucy AllanTelfordLAB1,027Shropshire (West Midlands)
Upper BannDUPDavid SimpsonUpper Bann and BlackwaterSF5,379Armagh (Northern Ireland)
Uxbridge and South RuislipCONBoris JohnsonHillingdon and UxbridgeLAB489Hillingdon (London)
Vale of GlamorganCONAlun CairnsVale of Glamorgan EastLAB714South Glamorgan (Wales)
Warwick and LeamingtonLABMatt WesternWarwick and LeamingtonCON1,958Warwickshire (West Midlands)
WatfordCONRichard HarringtonWatfordLAB124Hertfordshire (Anglia)
Weaver ValeLABMike AmesburyWeaver ValeCON1,121Cheshire (North West)
Westmorland and LonsdaleLIBTim FarronWestmorland and LonsdaleCON2,316Cumbria (North West)

Notable seats changing hands include many Conservative losses such as the Cities of London and Westminster, the recent by-election gain in Copeland, Ed Balls' old seat of Morley and Outwood, and Norwich North. The Conservatives are slated to regain Kensington

Freshly created new seats

Although the overall change is to reduce the number of seats, there are a few new seats which are freshly created. This means that the new seat is made up of a number of small fragments from various old seats. If the largest component of the new seat is not the largest part of its corresponding old seat, then the seat is defined to be "fresh". There are nine fresh new seats:

New SeatPartyMajorityCounty/Area
Down WestDUP14,063Armagh (Northern Ireland)
Falkirk SouthSNP3,638Central (Scotland)
Great Grimsby North and BartonCON6,578Humber area (Yorks/Humber)
Hazel Grove and WilmslowCON14,962Eastern Manchester (North West)
Isle of Wight WestCON10,604Hampshire (South East)
Kent Mid and TicehurstCON27,154Kent (South East)
Leyton and StratfordLAB34,177Newham (London)
Middlesbrough South and ThornabyLAB3,727Teesside (North East)
Shoreditch and Bethnal GreenLAB36,814Hackney (London)

England

The Boundary Commission for England published revised proposals on 17 October 2017.

The net effect of the changes for England is shown in the following table:

 Old SeatsNew SeatsChangeDisappearSwitch OutSwitch InFresh
CON297286−11−17−15174
LAB227209−18−22−14153
LIB85−30−300
UKIP0000000
Green1100000
Total533501−32−39−32327

Full details are available on the area pages: North East, North West, Yorks/Humber, West Midlands, East Midlands, Anglia, South West, London, South East

Wales

The Boundary Commission for Wales published revised proposals on 17 October 2017.

The net effect of the changes for Wales is shown in the following table:

 Old SeatsNew SeatsChangeDisappearSwitch OutSwitch InFresh
CON85−3−3−110
LAB2822−6−7−120
LIB0000000
UKIP0000000
Green0000000
Plaid42−2−1−100
Total4029−11−11−330

Visit the Wales Area page for more details.

Scotland

The Boundary Commission for Scotland published its revised proposals on 17 October 2017.

The net effect of the changes for Scotland is shown in the following table:

 Old SeatsNew SeatsChangeDisappearSwitch OutSwitch InFresh
CON1311−2−2000
LAB7920−130
LIB42−20−200
UKIP0000000
Green0000000
SNP3531−4−5−331
Total5953−6−7−661

Visit the Scotland Area page for more details.

Northern Ireland

New parliamentary boundaries were announced on 6 September by the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland. Analysis of these initial proposals by Electoral Calculus, assuming that voting patterns remain stable, indicates the the Democratic Unionist Party may lose three of its ten Westminster seats, and that the republican Sinn Féin is likely to gain two seats to become the largest party in Northern Ireland. The total number of seats in the province decreases from 18 to 17.

Other changes include the dismemberment into fragments of Belfast South (DUP), and Ulster Mid (SF), which effectively disappear as seats. But Sinn Féin more than compensates for this by taking three seats from the DUP. These are Belfast North (renamed 'Belfast North West'), Upper Bann (renamed 'Upper Bann and Blackwater'), and Londonderry East (renamed 'Glenshane'). There is also one new seat created called Down West, which is predicted to be won by the DUP.

PartyOld SeatsNew SeatsChangeCommentary
DUP107−3Lose Belfast South (disappears), Belfast North,
Londonderry East, and Upper Bann;
and gain Down West (new seat)
SF79+2Gain Belfast North West, Glenshane,
Upper Bann and Blackwater; lose Ulster Mid (disappears)
MIN110Hold Down North
Total1817-1 

Visit the Northern Ireland Area page for more details.

Local Election Results and Local Boundaries Update 2015

The seat detail pages now have the new local election results, and updated local ward boundaries where they have changed. This major data upgrade shows clearly the interplay between recent national and local elections, as well as showing more details about the political make-up of each constituency.

You can see these new seat details by going to the index pages on the left-hand menu bar (England A-B, ..., Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), or by using the postcode lookup for any UK location:

Postcode:   

An example seat is Arundel and South Downs (BN14 0TF) which has had updated boundaries.

Results include the following parties shown separately:

 
GBConLabLibUKIPGreenSNP/Plaid Other
NIDUPSDLP UKIPGreenSinn FeinUUPOther
 GBNI
ConDUP
LabSDLP
Lib 
UKIPUKIP
GreenGreen
SNP/PlaidSinn Fein
 UUP
OtherOther

Local election results used are now:

Since 2010, sixty-two English councils have been given new boundaries by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), and these new boundaries took effect at the 2015 elections. These new ward boundaries are now included for both the results drilldown and the accompanying maps.

In Northern Ireland, there has been a substantial redrawing of boundaries. There are now 11 district councils, with 462 wards which are grouped into 80 District Electoral Areas (DEAs). The NI local elections were conducted in 2014 using the DEAs, so Northern Ireland mapping and analysis is based on the DEAs rather than the actual wards. Please note that NI mapping data is difficult to obtain freely, so some boundaries may be slightly approximate.

It is expected that the Boundary Commissions will redraw parliamentary constituencies starting from Spring 2016 and using these 2015 local ward boundaries as their basic building blocks.

History of revisions.

The data presented has been revised at various times.

See also the information about the now-abandonned "Sixth Periodic review", to compare against the 2018 Review.