The latest proposals for a major reform of the UK’s parliamentary constituencies have been unveiled.
Ten more seats would be created in England, taking the total number of MPs from 533 to 543.
Wales would lose eight seats, to 32 MPs – with two seats removed in Scotland to leave 57 MPs.
Northern Ireland would continue to have 18 constituencies.
Sir Gavin Williamson – a controversial Cabinet Office minister who faces allegations of harassment – could be a victim of the changes in the next general election.
His Staffordshire constituency is in danger of being split, meaning he could face a re-election battle.
The shake-up could also affect Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, potentially jeopardizing his future as an MP.
Despite this, Conservative colleague Lord Hayward has said that – unless there is a “complete destruction” of the Tories in the next election – this party would be the main beneficiary of the changes.
“Overall, the Tories will gain a net five to 10 seats because the new seats are in overwhelming Tory areas,” he added.
This is the third time the Boundary Commission has revised its proposals – and voters are now being asked to vote by Dec.
The changes seek to ensure that every seat contested by MPs in elections represents roughly the same number of voters – no fewer than 69,724 and no more than 77,062.
The total number of MPs remains the same at 650.
Tim Bowden, secretary of the Boundary Commission for England, said the maps were “the culmination of months of analysis” and nearly half of the original proposals had been revised due to public feedback.
“We now think we are close to the best map of constituencies that can be achieved under the rules we are working on,” he added.
Lord Matthews, Deputy Chairman of the Boundary Commission for Scotland, also said it was “grateful” for the responses to previous consultations, adding: “We have considered all comments very carefully and, where possible, tried to respond positively to suggestions.
“The legal requirements of the review mean we are not always able to include alternatives and, of course, we sometimes get conflicting opinions or suggestions with unintended consequences for other parts of Scotland.”
Once the consultation is complete, the committee’s final recommendations are expected to be handed over to Parliament in July.