Wednesday 19 July 2006 10:30
Boundary Commission for England (North West)
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES IN GREATER MANCHESTER
The Commission propose to make no further changes to their recommendations for parliamentary constituencies in Greater Manchester and, today, confirm their revised recommendations as their final recommendations.
1. Provisional recommendations for parliamentary constituencies in Greater Manchester were published on 10 March 2005. Objections to the provisional recommendations for the Boroughs of Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Trafford and Wigan and the Cities of Manchester and Salford led to a public inquiry, which was held between 31 October and 17 November 2005. The Assistant Commissioner who conducted the inquiry recommended alterations to the Commission's proposals in respect of the boundaries of eight of the ten constituencies in the Boroughs of Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, and Tameside and the name of one constituency in the City of Salford. The Commission's decisions in respect of the Borough of Bury were contained in a separate news release that was issued on 22 June 2005.
2. Having considered the Assistant Commissioner's report and recommendations and the evidence submitted both before and during the inquiry, the Commission decided to revise their provisional recommendations for the boundaries of Ashton-under-Lyne BC, Denton and Reddish BC, Hazel Grove CC, Heywood and Middleton CC, Oldham East and Saddleworth CC, Oldham West and Royton BC, Rochdale CC and Stockport BC, and for the name of Worsley and Eccles South CC, as recommended by the Assistant Commissioner. At the same time, the Commission made final their proposals for the other sixteen constituencies.
3. The revised recommendations were published on 13 April 2006. As with their provisional recommendations, the Commission were required to consider representations about their revised recommendations submitted within a one month period. The period was extended to 17 May 2006 to take account of the Easter holiday. Having considered the representations, the Commission have decided to confirm their recommendations as final and to make no further changes.
4. The Commission received twenty-eight representations in respect of their revised recommendations. Six representations approved of all or part of the revised recommendations. Twenty-two representations objected to the revised and final recommendations. No objections were received to the Commission's recommended Ashton-under-Lyne BC, Denton and Reddish BC, Hazel Grove CC and Stockport BC.
Heywood and Middleton CC and Rochdale CC
5. Five representations objected to the Commission's decision to include the Rochdale Borough ward of Bamford in Heywood and Middleton CC, instead of Rochdale CC as provisionally recommended. The objectors argued that part of the new Bamford ward, which came into effect in 2004, was very close to the centre of the town of Rochdale, and that the ward had greater ties with the town of Rochdale than it did with the towns of Heywood and Middleton. The objectors had supported the Commission's provisional recommendations, which had included the Bamford ward in Rochdale CC and retained the Rochdale Borough ward of Milnrow and Newhey in Oldham East and Saddleworth CC.
6. The Commission noted that the Assistant Commissioner had recommended the transfer on the basis that there was strong evidence of the close ties between the Bamford ward and the Rochdale Borough ward of Norden, which was included in Heywood and Middleton CC. They also noted that just over 60% of the electors of the Bamford ward are in the existing Heywood and Middleton CC. They further noted that, with the proposed inclusion of the Milnrow and Newhey ward in Rochdale CC, the Bamford ward had to be included in Heywood and Middleton CC in order to create two constituencies with electorates that were close to each other and also reasonably close to both the electoral quota and the county average.
7. The Commission decided that they would not recommend the inclusion of the Rochdale Borough ward of Bamford in Rochdale CC and considered that the reasons given by the Assistant Commissioner in his report were strong enough to support his recommendation.
8. One representation suggested that the two constituencies should be renamed Rochdale West CC and Rochdale East CC respectively. The Commission considered that there was no evidence to suggest that there would be more support for those names than for the existing names which have been in use since 1983.
9. Fourteen representations were received which called for the inclusion of Chadderton in the name of the proposed Oldham West and Royton BC. Many of the objectors pointed out that Chadderton was the largest town in the proposed constituency and was much larger than Royton. A number of alternative names were suggested. The Commission noted that Chadderton had never been included in the name of a parliamentary constituency at any of the reviews of parliamentary constituencies since 1918, whereas Royton had been included in a constituency name at every review. They also noted that the Assistant Commissioner had heard evidence in support of including Chadderton in the constituency name, but that he had rejected the alternative name (Oldham West, Chadderton and Royton BC) because it was too long and he did not believe that there was enough support for a name change.
10. The Commission noted that whilst there was now greater support for a change of the name of the proposed Oldham West and Royton BC, so as to include reference to Chadderton, they did not consider that such support was sufficient to justify such a change and that the Assistant Commissioner's reasons for rejecting such a change were still valid. They concluded that the recommended constituency was little changed from the existing constituency, and therefore, the name of Oldham West and Royton BC was still appropriate.
Salford and Eccles BC
11. One representation, whilst supporting the Commission's decision to change the name of the proposed Worsley and Eccles South CC, requested that the Commission also change the name of the finally recommended Salford and Eccles BC to Salford and Eccles North BC, so as to avoid confusion within the town of Eccles. They considered that, whilst there was a case for a change to the name of Salford and Eccles BC, they did not feel that they had sufficient evidence to justify such a change.
12. One representation re-submitted a counter-proposal that would create a constituency called Pennine Valleys CC that would contain a ward from Kirklees Borough (in West Yorkshire) as well as wards from the Boroughs of Oldham, Rochdale, and Tameside. The Commission noted that no one had spoken in favour of this counter-proposal at the inquiry and that it had been opposed by a number of witnesses that had appeared at the inquiry. They also noted that the Assistant Commissioner had had no hesitation in rejecting the counter-proposal because of the lack of support and the lack of justification for the widespread disruption that it would cause.
13. The Commission therefore rejected the counter-proposal for a constituency that contained part of West Yorkshire as well as part of Greater Manchester. They considered that there was nothing in the arguments presented within the counter-proposal to justify them in breaking the Rule that requires them to respect county boundaries.
Accusation of bias
14. The Commission noted that allegations of bias had been levelled against the Assistant Commissioner by members of one political party, who felt that he had given too much weight to the evidence of witnesses from another political party. They re-considered the evidence from the inquiry and concluded that the allegations levelled against the Assistant Commissioner could not be substantiated. They rejected the allegations and reaffirmed their support for him and the way that he had conducted the inquiry and had written his report.
15. The Commission therefore confirm their revised recommendations as final. No further representations will be considered. The Commission's final recommendations for Greater Manchester which will be embodied in their report to be submitted to the Secretary of State at the end of the general review and which are shown on the attached map, are for the twenty-seven constituencies to be as follows (2000 electorates in brackets):-
ALTRINCHAM AND SALE WEST BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (69,605). Nine wards of the Borough of Trafford:- Altrincham, Ashton upon Mersey, Bowdon, Broadheath, Hale Barns, Hale Central, St Mary's, Timperley, Village.
ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (67,334). Two wards of the Borough of Oldham:- Failsworth East, Failsworth West; six wards of the Borough of Tameside:- Ashton Hurst, Ashton St Michael's, Ashton Waterloo, Droylsden East, Droylsden West, St Peter's.
BLACKLEY AND BROUGHTON BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (65,982). Five wards of the City of Manchester:- Charlestown, Cheetham, Crumpsall, Harpurhey, Higher Blackley; two wards of the City of Salford:- Broughton, Kersal.
BOLTON NORTH EAST BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (71,024). Seven wards of the Borough of Bolton:- Astley Bridge, Bradshaw, Breightmet, Bromley Cross, Crompton, Halliwell, Tonge with the Haulgh.
BOLTON SOUTH EAST BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (73,348). Seven wards of the Borough of Bolton:- Farnworth, Great Lever, Harper Green, Hulton, Kearsley, Little Lever and Darcy Lever, Rumworth.
BOLTON WEST COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (68,575). Six wards of the Borough of Bolton:- Heaton and Lostock, Horwich and Blackrod, Horwich North East, Smithills, Westhoughton North and Chew Moor, Westhoughton South; one ward of the Borough of Wigan:- Atherton.
BURY NORTH BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (65,440). Eight wards of the Borough of Bury:- Church, East, Elton, Moorside, North Manor, Ramsbottom, Redvales, Tottington.
BURY SOUTH BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (73,212). Nine wards of the Borough of Bury:- Besses, Holyrood, Pilkington Park, Radcliffe East, Radcliffe North, Radcliffe West, St Mary's, Sedgley, Unsworth.
CHEADLE BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (72,933). Seven wards of the Borough of Stockport:- Bramhall North, Bramhall South, Cheadle and Gatley, Cheadle Hulme North, Cheadle Hulme South, Heald Green, Stepping Hill.
DENTON AND REDDISH BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (65,855). Two wards of the Borough of Stockport:- Reddish North, Reddish South; five wards of the Borough of Tameside:- Audenshaw, Denton North East, Denton South, Denton West, Dukinfield.
HAZEL GROVE COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (63,519). Six wards of the Borough of Stockport:- Bredbury and Woodley, Bredbury Green and Romiley, Hazel Grove, Marple North, Marple South, Offerton.
HEYWOOD AND MIDDLETON COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (78,036). Ten wards of the Borough of Rochdale:- Bamford, Castleton, East Middleton, Hopwood Hall, Norden, North Heywood, North Middleton, South Middleton, West Heywood, West Middleton.
LEIGH COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (74,231). Eight wards of the Borough of Wigan:- Astley Mosley Common, Atherleigh, Golborne and Lowton West, Leigh East, Leigh South, Leigh West, Lowton East, Tyldesley.
MAKERFIELD COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (72,903). Eight wards of the Borough of Wigan:- Abram, Ashton, Bryn, Hindley, Hindley Green, Orrell, Winstanley, Worsley Mesnes.
MANCHESTER CENTRAL BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (69,600). Eight wards of the City of Manchester:- Ancoats and Clayton, Ardwick, Bradford, City Centre, Hulme, Miles Platting and Newton Heath, Moss Side, Moston.
MANCHESTER, GORTON BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (70,845). Seven wards of the City of Manchester:- Fallowfield, Gorton North, Gorton South, Levenshulme, Longsight, Rusholme, Whalley Range.
MANCHESTER, WITHINGTON BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (69,187). Seven wards of the City of Manchester:- Burnage, Chorlton, Chorlton Park, Didsbury East, Didsbury West, Old Moat, Withington.
OLDHAM EAST AND SADDLEWORTH COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (70,984). Nine wards of the Borough of Oldham:- Alexandra, Crompton, Saddleworth North, Saddleworth South, Saddleworth West and Lees, St James', St Mary's, Shaw, Waterhead.
OLDHAM WEST AND ROYTON BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (70,947). Nine wards of the Borough of Oldham:- Chadderton Central, Chadderton North, Chadderton South, Coldhurst, Hollinwood, Medlock Vale, Royton North, Royton South, Werneth.
ROCHDALE COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (73,807). Ten wards of the Borough of Rochdale:- Balderstone and Kirkholt, Central Rochdale, Healey, Kingsway, Littleborough Lakeside, Milkstone and Deeplish, Milnrow and Newhey, Smallbridge and Firgrove, Spotland and Falinge, Wardle and West Littleborough.
SALFORD AND ECCLES BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (73,162). Nine wards of the City of Salford:- Claremont, Eccles, Irwell Riverside, Langworthy, Ordsall, Pendlebury, Swinton North, Swinton South, Weaste and Seedley.
STALYBRIDGE AND HYDE COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (66,563). Eight wards of the Borough of Tameside:- Dukinfield Stalybridge, Hyde Godley, Hyde Newton, Hyde Werneth, Longdendale, Mossley, Stalybridge North, Stalybridge South.
STOCKPORT BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (64,679). Six wards of the Borough of Stockport:- Brinnington and Central, Davenport and Cale Green, Edgeley and Cheadle Heath, Heatons North, Heatons South, Manor.
STRETFORD AND URMSTON BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (72,414). Nine wards of the Borough of Trafford:- Bucklow-St Martins, Clifford, Davyhulme East, Davyhulme West, Flixton, Gorse Hill, Longford, Stretford, Urmston.
WIGAN COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (76,467). Eight wards of the Borough of Wigan:- Aspull New Springs Whelley, Douglas, Ince, Pemberton, Shevington with Lower Ground, Standish with Langtree, Wigan Central, Wigan West.
WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH COUNTY CONSTITUENCY (72,554). Nine wards of the City of Salford:- Barton, Boothstown and Ellenbrook, Cadishead, Irlam, Little Hulton, Walkden North, Walkden South, Winton, Worsley.
WYTHENSHAWE AND SALE EAST BOROUGH CONSTITUENCY (72,093). Five wards of the City of Manchester:- Baguley, Brooklands, Northenden, Sharston, Woodhouse Park; three wards of the Borough of Trafford:- Brooklands, Priory, Sale Moor.
Implementation of the Recommendations
16. The Commission are required to submit their report on the general review for the whole of England to the Secretary of State after 11 April 2003 and before 12 April 2007. The Secretary of State has a statutory duty to lay the Commission's report before Parliament together with a draft Order in Council giving effect to the Commission's recommendations with or without modifications. If modifications are proposed, the Secretary of State must also lay a statement of reasons for the modifications. The draft Order in Council is submitted to both Houses of Parliament for approval and, after it is made by Her Majesty in Council, it cannot be called into question in any legal proceedings. The new constituencies take effect at the general election following the making of the Order in Council.
17. The recommended constituencies are illustrated in outline on the map which forms part of this document (please note the copyright warning concerning the map). The wards on the map are numbered, and the districts are lettered. These numbers and letters together with the names of the wards and districts, are listed at the end of this news release. The list contains the 2000 district and ward electorate figures on which the Commission are required by law to work.
18. The outline map which forms part of this document is based on Ordnance Survey data and is subject to (c)Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction will infringe crown copyright and may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings. Any person wishing to reproduce the outline map should first contact the Copyright Office at Ordnance Survey, Romsey Road, Southampton SO16 4GU (telephone 023 8079 2929).
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2000 WARD ELECTORATES TO BE USED THROUGHOUT THE REVIEW
A BOLTON BOROUGH 202,743 1. Astley Bridge 10,132 2. Bradshaw 10,235 3. Breightmet 10,512 4. Bromley Cross 10,256 5. Crompton 10,400 6. Farnworth 9,453 7. Great Lever 10,779 8. Halliwell 10,050 9. Harper Green 10,841 10. Heaton and Lostock 10,211 11. Horwich and Blackrod 9,433 12. Horwich North East 9,596 13. Hulton 10,519 14. Kearsley 10,385 15. Little Lever and Darcy Lever 10,643 16. Rumworth 10,728 17. Smithills 10,400 18. Tonge with the Haulgh 9,439 19. Westhoughton North and Chew Moor 9,475 20. Westhoughton South 9,256
B BURY BOROUGH 138,652 1. Besses 7,712 2. Church 8,745 3. East 7,657 4. Elton 8,328 5. Holyrood 8,769 6. Moorside 8,764 7. North Manor 8,202 8. Pilkington Park 7,809 9. Radcliffe East 8,599 10. Radcliffe North 8,862 11. Radcliffe West 7,305 12. Ramsbottom 8,539 13. Redvales 7,807 14. St Mary's 7,838 15. Sedgley 8,630 16. Tottington 7,398 17. Unsworth 7,688
C CITY OF MANCHESTER 307,664 1. Ancoats and Clayton 7,762 2. Ardwick 9,572 3. Baguley 9,893 4. Bradford 9,088 5. Brooklands 9,582 6. Burnage 9,826 7. Charlestown 8,981 8. Cheetham 8,917 9. Chorlton 10,163 10. Chorlton Park 9,128 11. City Centre 4,402 12. Crumpsall 9,632 13. Didsbury East 9,938 14. Didsbury West 10,189 15. Fallowfield 9,991 16. Gorton North 10,516 17. Gorton South 10,829 18. Harpurhey 11,510 19. Higher Blackley 10,108 20. Hulme 7,772 21. Levenshulme 10,191 22. Longsight 9,921 23. Miles Platting and Newton Heath 10,368 24. Moss Side 9,683 25. Moston 10,953 26. Northenden 10,191 27. Old Moat 10,305 28. Rusholme 9,624 29. Sharston 9,817 30. Whalley Range 9,773 31. Withington 9,638 32. Woodhouse Park 9,401
D OLDHAM BOROUGH 157,891 1. Alexandra 6,707 2. Chadderton Central 7,641 3. Chadderton North 7,985 4. Chadderton South 8,035 5. Coldhurst 7,795 6. Crompton 8,610 7. Failsworth East 7,938 8. Failsworth West 8,022 9. Hollinwood 7,636 10. Medlock Vale 7,830 11. Royton North 8,320 12. Royton South 7,999 13. Saddleworth North 7,966 14. Saddleworth South 7,374 15. Saddleworth West and Lees 8,348 16. St James' 7,858 17. St Mary's 7,956 18. Shaw 8,021 19. Waterhead 8,144 20. Werneth 7,706
E ROCHDALE BOROUGH 151,843 1. Balderstone and Kirkholt 7,110 2. Bamford 7,565 3. Castleton 7,775 4. Central Rochdale 7,366 5. East Middleton 7,812 6. Healey 7,329 7. Hopwood Hall 8,023 8. Kingsway 7,583 9. Littleborough Lakeside 7,812 10. Milkstone and Deeplish 7,158 11. Milnrow and Newhey 7,740 12. Norden 7,083 13. North Heywood 7,516 14. North Middleton 7,666 15. Smallbridge and Firgrove 7,448 16. South Middleton 7,904 17. Spotland and Falinge 7,863 18. Wardle and West Littleborough 6,398 19. West Heywood 8,508 20. West Middleton 8,184
F CITY OF SALFORD 162,550 1. Barton 8,942 2. Boothstown and Ellenbrook 7,463 3. Broughton 8,858 4. Cadishead 6,790 5. Claremont 8,120 6. Eccles 8,225 7. Irlam 7,052 8. Irwell Riverside 7,768 9. Kersal 7,976 10. Langworthy 9,923 11. Little Hulton 9,108 12. Ordsall 5,548 13. Pendlebury 8,347 14. Swinton North 8,431 15. Swinton South 8,485 16. Walkden North 8,359 17. Walkden South 8,033 18. Weaste and Seedley 8,315 19. Winton 8,625 20. Worsley 8,182
G STOCKPORT BOROUGH 222,482 1. Bramhall North 10,805 2. Bramhall South 9,926 3. Bredbury and Woodley 10,944 4. Bredbury Green and Romiley 11,197 5. Brinnington and Central 10,601 6. Cheadle and Gatley 11,435 7. Cheadle Hulme North 10,040 8. Cheadle Hulme South 10,315 9. Davenport and Cale Green 10,639 10. Edgeley and Cheadle Heath 11,098 11. Hazel Grove 11,004 12. Heald Green 10,238 13. Heatons North 10,826 14. Heatons South 10,809 15. Manor 10,706 16. Marple North 10,126 17. Marple South 9,796 18. Offerton 10,452 19. Reddish North 10,536 20. Reddish South 10,815 21. Stepping Hill 10,174
H TAMESIDE BOROUGH 162,441 1. Ashton Hurst 8,899 2. Ashton St Michael's 8,222 3. Ashton Waterloo 8,562 4. Audenshaw 8,626 5. Denton North East 8,726 6. Denton South 8,641 7. Denton West 9,336 8. Droylsden East 8,420 9. Droylsden West 9,037 10. Dukinfield 9,175 11. Dukinfield Stalybridge 8,592 12. Hyde Godley 8,087 13. Hyde Newton 8,991 14. Hyde Werneth 8,437 15. Longdendale 8,051 16. Mossley 7,753 17. St Peter's 8,234 18. Stalybridge North 8,736 19. Stalybridge South 7,916
I TRAFFORD BOROUGH 165,228 1. Altrincham 7,435 2. Ashton upon Mersey 7,529 3. Bowdon 7,073 4. Broadheath 8,255 5. Brooklands 7,865 6. Bucklow-St Martins 7,693 7. Clifford 7,585 8. Davyhulme East 8,125 9. Davyhulme West 7,743 10. Flixton 8,459 11. Gorse Hill 8,184 12. Hale Burns 7,531 13. Hale Central 7,273 14. Longford 8,531 15. Priory 7,561 16. St Mary's 8,513 17. Sale Moor 7,783 18. Stretford 7,998 19. Timperley 8,376 20. Urmston 8,096 21. Village 7,620
J WIGAN BOROUGH 233,805 1. Abram 10,013 2. Ashton 8,898 3. Aspull New Springs Whelley 10,079 4. Astley Mosley Common 7,172 5. Atherleigh 7,871 6. Atherton 10,204 7. Bryn 9,137 8. Douglas 9,424 9. Golborne and Lowton West 8,772 10. Hindley 9,299 11. Hindley Green 9,391 12. Ince 9,494 13. Leigh East 7,968 14. Leigh South 10,637 15. Leigh West 11,459 16. Lowton East 8,079 17. Orrell 8,538 18. Pemberton 10,536 19. Shevington with Lower Ground 10,122 20. Standish with Langtree 6,914 21. Tyldesley 12,273 22. Wigan Central 9,503 23. Wigan West 10,395 24. Winstanley 8,297 25. Worsley Mesnes 9,330
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