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counting at last year’s General Election.


Have your say on boundary changes A


bbots Langley will move out of the Watford electorate and into South West Hertfordshire


if changes proposed by the Boundary Commission for England are adopted. The new boundary between the two electorates


– currently held by Richard Harrington (Watford) and David Gauke (South West Herts) – will follow the High Road and Hill Farm Road through Leavesden, leaving Leavesden and Woodside in Watford but sending Abbots north to South West Herts. Under the redistribution, all electorates in


England should have about 76,600 electors, with a margin or five per cent above or below this target. Speaking about the possible effects of the


proposed changes, Mr Harrington said: ―I think it is too early to make any real predictions on the political effects of these boundary changes. Generally I think that the changes are broadly neutral but we are some way off having any changes finalised. ―My main priority is to keep representing those


in my constituency to the best of my ability, whoever they may be.‖ Mr Gauke, however, said he felt ready to represent the people of Abbots if called upon to


do so. He said: ―As it happens, I know the Langleys


pretty well, having spent a lot of time in support of Richard Harrington canvassing there. If these changes come into operation, I look forward to getting to know these places even better.‖ Overall, Hertfordshire drops from 17


constituencies to 16 and three of the constituencies actually cross the border into Bedfordshire. In total the number of constituencies in England will drop from 533 to 502. The proposed changes are not guaranteed, they‘re now open for public consultation until


‘My main priority is to keep representing those in my constituency to the best of my ability, whoever they may be’


Monday, December 5. People wishing to comment on the plan can


either email the Boundary Commission at eastern@bcommengland.x.gsi.gov.uk or attend a town hall meeting at Luton on Monday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 8.


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