New MP seat for Fishponds while Kingswood faces abolition under Parliamentary boundary changes

June 08 2021
New MP seat for Fishponds while Kingswood faces abolition under Parliamentary boundary changes

FISHPONDS, Staple Hill and Mangotsfield could have the same MP under plans to redraw the boundaries of Parliamentary constituencies.

The Boundary Review would see a new Bristol North East seat created – but the Kingswood constituency, which currently includes Mangotsfield and Emersons Green, and has been in existence for almost 50 years, would disappear.

Fishponds is currently part of the Bristol East constituency, which stretches from Stapleton and Begbrook through Fishponds, St George, St Annes and Brislington to Stockwood, along Bristol's eastern boundary with South Gloucestershire and B&NES.

Under the new proposals, which would take effect from 2023, the new Bristol North East constituency (shown in the Boundary Commission map above) would start at Lockleaze, include the three greater Fishponds council wards of Eastville, Frome Vale and Hillfields, then cross into South Gloucestershire, where it would include the Staple Hill and Mangotsfield, New Cheltenham, Kingswood and Woodstock wards.

The reshaped Bristol East constituency would add Easton and Lawrence Hill – currently part of Bristol West – and Knowle, which is currently part of the Bristol South seat.

The Kingswood constituency, which was formed in 1974, would be abolished, with the areas that are currently part of the seat being divided between Filton & Bradley Stoke, Bristol North East, and another new constituency, Keynsham & North East Somerset.

The current Kingswood MP, Conservative Chris Skidmore, has declined to comment on the proposals.

While the new Bristol North East seat would cross a council boundary, the review would put to an end the current situation in South Gloucestershire where some council wards are divided between two parliamentary constituencies, following a revamp of council wards at the last local elections.

At present both the Staple Hill & Mangotsfield ward and Frenchay & Downend wards are split between Filton & Bradley Stoke and Kingswood, while the Emersons Green ward is split between Kingswood and Thornbury & Yate, which covers part of Lyde Green.

Under the new proposals all of the Frenchay & Downend and Emersons Green wards would become part of Filton & Bradley Stoke constituency.

The changes are being proposed as part of a review aimed at ensuring all Parliamentary constituencies are of a comparable size, taking account of population shifts to add new seats to regions where the size of the electorate has increased and take them away from regions where it has declined.

The South West will have a total of three new constituencies if the plans go ahead.

They are open for comment until August 2 on the Boundary Commission for England reviews website, bcereviews.org.uk.