Response to Boundary Commission Proposals for Devon

The boundary commission proposals have several flaws with them including the proposal of a seat that straddles Somerset and Devon, the Central Devon seat covering 4 local authorities when it could only cover 2, and the splitting of the Plymouth Peverell ward between two constituencies. The constituencies should be aligned with local authority areas as much as possible to best represent communities. Here are an alternative 13 constituencies for Devon which are all fully in Devon.

The average electorate for each Devon constituency is 70727. This is 1003 electors above the minimum allowed electorate of 69724. The knock on effect of having 13 whole Devon constituencies for the broader South West is that the 17 constituencies in the Somerset and Avon areas would have an average electorate of 75283 which is 1779 electors below the maximum allowed electorate of 77062 but those constituencies should be possible to construct. The rest of the South West should be unaffected.

(Brackets suggest alternative constituency name)

Central Devon CC

All Teignbridge wards in the proposed Central Devon constituency plus Ambrook, Bradley, Ipplepen and Kenton and Starcross.

All West Devon wards in the proposed Central Devon constituency plus Burrator and Dartmoor.

Electorate: 69756

Exeter (or Exeter West) CC

All Exeter wards except for Pinhoe, St Loyes, Topsham as well as (at least one) polling district in Priory.

Electorate: 69950 (Estimate)


Exmouth (or Exeter East and Exmouth) CC

The Exeter wards of Pinhoe, St Loyes, Topsham as well as (at least one) polling district in Priory.

All East Devon wards in the proposed Honiton constituency except the wards of Broadclyst and Cranbrook.

Electorate: 69950 (Estimate)

Honiton (or Honiton and Sidmouth) CC

All East Devon wards in the proposed Honiton constituency plus the wards of Broadclyst and Cranbrook.

Electorate: 70000 (Exact)

Newton Abbot (or Devon Coastal) CC

All Teignbridge wards in the proposed Newton Abbot constituency except Ambrook, Bradley, Ipplepen and Kenton and Starcross.

The Torbay wards of Barton with Watcombe and Shiphay .

Electorate: 72884

North Devon CC

All North Devon wards except for Bishop's Nympton and South Molton.

Electorate: 70036


Plymouth East BC

The Plymouth wards of Drake, Efford and Lipson, Plympton Chaddlewood, Plympton Erle, Plympton St Mary, Plymstock Dunstone, Plymstock Radford and Sutton and Mount Gould.

Electorate: 70735


Plymouth North and Ivybridge CC

The Plymouth wards of Budshead, Eggbuckland, Honicknowle, Moor View and Southway.

The South Hams wards of Bickleigh and Cornwood, Ivybridge East, Ivybridge West and Woolwell.

The West Devon wards of Bere Ferrers and Buckland Monachorum.

Electorate: 69862


Plymouth West BC

The Plymouth wards of Compton, Devonport, Ham, Peverell, St. Budeaux, St. Peter and the Waterfront and Stoke.

Electorate: 70326


Torbay BC

All Torbay wards except Barton with Watcombe, Collaton St Mary, Furzeham with Summercombe, Shiphay, and St.Peters with St. Marys.

Electorate: 72390


Torridge and Tavistock CC

All Torridge wards.

All West Devon wards in the proposed Torridge and Tavistock constituency except Bere Ferrers and Dartmoor.

Electorate: 70337


Totnes (or Totnes and South Devon) CC

All South Hams wards except Bickleigh and Cornwood, Ivybridge East, Ivybridge West and Woolwell.

The Torbay wards of Collaton St Mary, Furzeham with Summercombe and St.Peters with St. Marys.

Electorate: 71853

Tiverton CC

The East Devon ward of Exe Valley.

All Mid Devon wards.

The North Devon wards of Bishop's Nympton and Witheridge.

Electorate: 71376


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Alistair Philpot
Plymouth

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