Know your boundaries

Story by Richard Belbin

Burngreave residents may well have a new MP after the next election, following a reorganisation of all of Britain’s parliamentary constituencies. Having been moved from Central constituency in 2010, it is proposed that we will be part of a new Sheffield East constituency for the 2020 election, which would stretch from Shiregreen in the north to the edge of Beighton in the south.

The proposed boundary changes would see the city council wards of Burngreave, Shiregreen and Brightside (all currently in the Brightside and Hillsborough constituency represented by Gill Furniss) join with Woodhouse and Darnall (Sheffield South East: Clive Betts), Brinsworth and Catcliffe (Rotherham: Sarah Champion) and Richmond (Heeley: Louise Haigh). While the new constituency would probably remain a very safe Labour seat, both Gill Furniss and Clive Betts would be eligible to stand as current MPs. It is also possible that both could be challenged by a different candidate. The changes are being made as part of the government’s plans to ‘equalise’ the number of voters in seats across the country, and to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600. A public meeting about the changes will take place on 17th October at Sheffield Town Hall between 10am and 8pm. Anyone wishing to make comments on the changes can do so by visiting www.bce2018.org.uk.