Published 02 November 2021
The Boundary Commission for Scotland has launched an eight-week public consultation on proposals which include the West Dunbartonshire Westminster constituency, which is currently in the hands of the SNP.
The MP for West Dunbartonshire is Martin Docherty Hughes, a native of Clydebank whose fiefdom runs from Clydebank’s border with Milngavie to the Argyll and Bute boundary, which begins at Cat’s Castle just beyond Westcliff on the A814 Cardross Road, Dumbarton, and Cameron House Hotel at Arden on the A82 Loch Lomondside road.
Just to confuse matters, the boundary for the Scottish Parliament and the Westminster parliament are not the same. The last boundary changes have been described by some as “a piece of gerrymandering” in order to bring the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane into Argyll and Bute and out of the “nuclear free zone” of Dumbarton and Vale of Leven.
The Dumbarton constituency is held by Jackie Baillie, pictured right, for the Labour Party includes Cardross, Helensburgh and Loch Lomondside.
The Boundary Commission for Scotland began its 2023 Review of UK Parliament constituencies in Scotland in January 2021.
Scotland has been allocated 57 constituencies for the 2023 Review, which is two less than at present and each constituency must contain at least 69,724 Parliamentary electors and no more than 77,062.
If necessary, the Commission can recommend a constituency with an electorate lower than the minimum if it is larger than 12,000 square kilometres, although no constituency can be larger than 13,000 square kilometres.
Please visit www.bcs2023review.com to see and comment on the proposals
Comments left during the eight week consultation will be published early next year and interested parties will have the opportunity to comment further on the views gathered through the consultation. There will also be up to five public hearings held.
In late 2022 the Commission may publish revised proposals for consultation before the final recommendations are published by 1 July 2023.
For more information, please visit 2023 Review of UK Parliament Constituencies | The Boundary Commission for Scotland (independent.gov.uk)