Aylsham in line for switch to different constituency

Just Regional
Sep 16, 2016 2 mins read

Aylsham’s political future is on the verge of changing dramatically.

The town could become part of the North Norfolk constituency, which has been held by Norman Lamb and the Liberal Democrats since 2001.

It is currently in the Broadland constituency which is held by Conservative Keith Simpson.

A proposed country-wide shake up to Parliamentary boundaries could see the town switched to the North Norfolk seat where Mr Lamb won a 4,043 majority in 2015 (down from the 10,000-plus majorities he had in both 2010 and 2005). He has beaten the Conservatives in four general elections in a row, having lost to them twice in 1992 and 1997.

Mr Lamb was confirmed as the Lib Dem’s candidate for North Norfolk at the next election during a recent meeting of party members in Aylmerton.

The boundary changes also include Marsham, Blickling, Oulton, Tuttington and Burgh next Aylsham possibly coming into North Norfolk. Briston would move over to Broadland.

The proposals fall under something called the 2018 Boundary Review because a report with recommendations is due in September 2018.

It is driven by a Parliamentary decision to reduce the number of constituencies from 650 to 600 and every constituency must contain between 71,031 and 78,507 electors.

During an upcoming consultation Boundary Commision for England teams we will be visiting the Eastern region and holding four public hearings, including one in Norwich on November 3rd and 4th.

Go here to view the proposals, to comment, to see what other people have said and to learn more about the review. The site includes an interactive map where you can see proposed and existing boundaries layered to show changes clearly.

Norman Lamb - who could become the MP for Aylsham,

Norman Lamb – who could become the MP for Aylsham,

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