Council ready to take on electoral review

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HAMPSHIRE County Council has welcomed a planned electoral review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

The review has been prompted by electoral data from 2013, indicating that in a third of all the council’s 75 electoral divisions, there was more than a 10 per cent difference (plus or minus) in the number of electors compared to the average for the county.

Chief executive Andrew Smith said: ‘It’s been 10 years since the last review, and in that time, demographic changes have seen an increase in the electorate in some areas of the county, leading to an uneven balance, with some councillors representing more Hampshire residents than others.

‘It is vitally important that all voters are adequately represented on the county council, and that the identities and interests of local communities are suitably reflected so that we can continue to ensure effective local, county government and maintain our strong performance in meeting the needs of Hampshire residents.

‘For that reason, we very much welcome this review, and would encourage all residents and other stakeholders to have a say when the Boundary Commission goes out to public consultation from May to August.’