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Commission recommends status quo for GLA constituency boundaries

20th January 2014

Commission recommends status quo for GLA constituency boundaries

10th January 2014

The independent body responsible for the constituency boundaries of the London Assembly has concluded that there should be no changes to its constituency boundaries before the next authority elections in 2016.

The Greater London Assembly (GLA) has consisted of 14 constituencies since its establishment in 2000 with each of them represented by one Assembly Member. The other eleven Assembly Members are elected, on a proportional basis, as London-wide members.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has monitored the number of voters in each constituency and has concluded that the current boundaries offer the most appropriate arrangements before the next elections in 2016.

Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Commission said: “The Commission has a responsibility to monitor GLA constituencies and consider whether the boundaries need to be re-drawn. In particular we try to ensure that each Assembly Member represents roughly the same number of electors.

“Given that the law states that we can’t change the number of constituencies and that constituencies must be formed of at least two whole boroughs, it leaves us with few alternative options for making boundary changes which would improve electoral equality for voters and make sense to Londoners. That is why we are proposing that the electoral arrangements of the GLA are not reviewed before the next elections in 2016.”

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Notes to editors:

1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body, established by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009. The Commission is answerable to the Speaker’s Committee of the House of Commons, a cross-party committee, chaired by the Speaker. The Commission is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures, including GLA boundaries.

2. The Greater London Authority Act 1999 established the London Assembly, specifying that it consists of 25 members. Eleven of these are elected, by a form of proportional representation, as London-wide Members. Each of the remaining 14 Assembly Members iselected to represent one of the 14 Assembly constituencies. The first elections to the Assembly were held on 4 May 2000, the most recent on 3 May 2012.

3. Constituencies are each composed of two or more London Boroughs in their entirety. Their boundaries were established in December 1999 and have remained unchanged since that time.

4. The Commission’s report on GLA boundaries can be found on its website at www.lgbce.org.uk.