Shake-up of MP seats is on the cards
STAPLE Hill and Mangotsfield could form part of a new Parliamentary constituency if new plans to redraw boundaries go ahead.
They would become part of a new Bristol North East seat, along with Fishponds and most of Kingswood.
The current Kingswood constituency, which includes parts of Downend, Mangotsfield and Emersons Green, would disappear under the proposals from the Boundary Commission for England, which would take effect from 2023 if approved.
The Bristol North East constituency would combine the Lockleaze, Eastville, Frome Vale and Hillfields wards in Bristol with the Staple Hill & Mangotsfield, New Cheltenham, Kingswood and Woodstock wards in South Gloucestershire.
All of the wards in South Gloucestershire are currently held by Labour councillors, while the Bristol wards are represented by four Labour, three Green and one Conservative councillor.
The Kingswood constituency, which was formed in 1974, would be abolished, with the Downend, Emersons Green and Lyde Green areas of the seat becoming part of neighbouring Filton & Bradley Stoke, and the Hanham, Warmley and Longwell Green areas becoming part of another new constituency, Keynsham & North East Somerset.
The current Kingswood MP, Conservative backbencher Chris Skidmore, has declined to comment on the proposals.
Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy, whose seat would be retained but with redrawn boundaries, said it would be a "shame" to lose the Fishponds area if the proposals went ahead but said that it was possible another general election could take place before they do.
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 would gain 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.