This is an alternative scheme for the North West region.

Summary benefits:
The Barrow and Furness constituency remains road-contiguous, and the constituency across Cumbria and Lancashire is more closely focused around Morecambe Bay.
Road connectivity in the Wirral is improved, and Chester remains united in one constituency.
Many towns in Greater Manchester, such as Leigh, Radcliffe and Middleton, are no longer divided between constituencies.

Details:
Two subgroups are used: Greater Manchester, and the remaining counties (Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire).

Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire:
There is no change to the proposed Carlisle and Workington constituencies.

A major problem of the proposed pattern of constituencies in Cumbria is the Barrow and Furness constituency, which crosses the Leven estuary but has no road connection (although it does have a rail connection). The River Leven is surely a major barrier to the viability of this constituency. My proposed Barrow and Furness constituency thus exchanges Broughton and Coniston for Grange and Cartmel, also making the constituency more similar to the existing constituency. This affects the Copeland-based constituency, which now includes the Greystoke and Ullswater wards from Eden district. I have called this constituency "Whitehaven and The Lakes", to reflect the fact that it contains significant areas outside of Copeland, as well as the possible abolition of Copeland due to unitary authority reorganisation in Cumbria. There is no further change to the Westmorland and Eden constituency, although I have named it "Penrith and Kendal".

The Cartmel and Grange wards are transferred to the cross-county constituency, which is now more tightly focused on Morecambe Bay. I have thus called it "Morecambe Bay". The Skerton West and Halton-with-Aughton wards are transferred to Lancaster, thus re-uniting Skerton in one constituency. In exchange, the Hambleton and Stalmine, Great Eccleston, and Brock with Catterall wards are removed from Lancaster.

There are no changes to the Blackpool, Fylde and Preston constituencies. The wards transferred from Lancaster are moved into a "Mid Lancashire" constituency, along with most of Ribble Valley district, the Preston Rural wards and the Barnoldswick and Earby and Coates wards from Pendle borough. Although this disrupts the Pendle constituency, these two towns are well linked to Clitheroe by the A59 road, and have a more rural characteristic compared to the other towns in Pendle. The Pendle constituency then extends south to further include three Burnley wards, namely Queensgate, Daneshouse with Stoneyholme, and Bank Hall. This does divide the town of Burnley, but this would be unavoidable. The proposed constituency is called "Burnley North and Pendle". The Burnley and Bacup constituency is renamed "Burnley South and Bacup", and includes the Whitewell and Hareholme wards.

There are no changes to Hyndburn or Blackburn, and the West Pennine Moors constituency further includes the Clayton East, Brindle and Hoghton ward. The South Ribble constituency includes those South Ribble wards formerly in Ribble Valley, transferring the wards covering the town of Leyland (St Ambrose, Leyland Central, Broadfield, Earnshaw Bridge, Seven Stars, and Buckshaw and Worden) to a "Chorley and Leyland" constituency. The wards of Croston, Mawdesley and Euxton South, and Eccleston, Heskin and Charnock Richard, are transferred to an "Ormskirk and Skelmersdale" constituency, which otherwise covers the east part of West Lancashire.

The Southport constituency is left unchanged from the initial proposals. There is a second constituency crossing the Merseyside-Lancashire border, called "Formby and Maghull". It consists of Ainsdale, Harington, Ravenmeols, Park, Sudell and Molyneux from Sefton, and Aughton and Downholland, Aughton Park, Halsall and Scarisbrick from West Lancashire. This avoids the inclusion of an orphan Sefton ward in a Liverpool constituency. The rest of Sefton Central is now included in a "Crosby and Bootle North" constituency, which could just be called "Crosby", along with the wards from the Bootle constituency except for Derby and Linacre. These would be included in a "Liverpool Riverside and Bootle South" constituency, or possibly just "Liverpool Riverside and Bootle". The Bootle wards are exchanged for Princes Park, which is included in Liverpool Wavertree. This transfers Childwall to Liverpool West Derby, which transfers Tuebrook and Stoneycroft to Liverpool Walton. The remainder of Merseyside north of the Mersey is unchanged.

On the Wirral, the Wallasey and Birkenhead constituencies are unchanged. (N.B. There was difficult in ward splitting in the software, but Upton ward would be split as now between Wallasey and Wirral West.) Wirral West now contains the Neston wards, transferring Clatterbridge to a new "Ellesmere Port West and Bromborough" constituency. The town of Ellesmere Port is divided; however, this was necessary to improve the road connections in the area, so that the Willaston and Thornton ward could be included in this constituency. The City of Chester is now kept in a single constituency, unlike the initial proposals. The remainder of Ellesmere Port is included in an "Ellesmere Port East and South Cheshire" constituency, which, while not ideal, was unavoidable, since it would not be possible to include Runcorn in an Ellesmere Port constituency.

The Runcorn constituency now is more eastward-looking, including the Appleton, Stockton Heath and Marbury wards. This does mean that the constituency covers three authorities, although again this was the only solution which allowed for the changes elsewhere. The remainder of Warrington is divided into an east-west split. The Northwich constituency is more compact and includes all of the Winsford wards, uniting the town. The Crewe and Nantwich constituency no longer contains Haslington, but instead contains Audlem ward. The Wybunbury and Haslington wards are transferred to Congleton, which loses Middlewich to a new "North Cheshire" constituency, the alternative to the Tatton constituency. Although Shakerley is an orphan ward, it produces a geographically compact constituency. Finally, Macclesfield is left unchanged.

Greater Manchester:
The proposals for Greater Manchester end up dividing a large number of towns; these proposals try to correct this. The following constituencies are unchanged: Stretford and Urmston; Altrincham and Sale West; Wythenshawe and Sale East; Manchester Withington; Manchester Longsight; Cheadle; Stockport; Hazel Grove; Denton and Hyde; Ashton-under-Lyne; and Wigan. (N.B. I have called Ashton-under-Lyne "Ashton and Stalybridge" as an alternative name, but either is fine.)

The Makerfield constituency transfers Hindley, Hindley Green and Leigh West to Leigh, in exchange for Ashton, Golborne and Lowton West, and Lowton East, thus uniting the towns of Ashton-in-Makerfield and Leigh in respective constituencies. The Bolton West constituency includes Atherton, making it the same as the existing constituency. There is a new "Bolton North East and Ramsbottom" constituency, including Ramsbottom, North Manor and Tottington wards in the Bolton North East constituency, in exchange for Halliwell, Tonge with the Haulgh, and Little Lever and Darcy Lever, which are in Bolton South East. Hulton ward is included in "Worsley and Walkden", covering the west of Salford borough. There is a "Salford West and Eccles" constituency, dividing Salford with a "Manchester Central and Salford East" constituency. Although this is regrettable, there are many links in the east of Salford to the centre of Manchester, particularly with MediaCity and the Salford Quays. This means that Ancoats and Beswick, and Miles Platting and Newton Heath, are transferred to "Manchester Openshaw and Droylsden", which loses the two Failsworth wards.

These are included in a "Middleton and Failsworth" constituency, uniting the town of Middleton with Chadderton and Failsworth. This also allows for a Manchester Blackley constituency containing only an orphan ward of Kersal and Broughton Park. The "Radcliffe and Prestwich" constituency is the same as the existing Bury South, but due to the loss of Bury North is renamed. This also unites Radcliffe in one constituency. The town of Bury is included in a "Bury and Heywood" constituency, two towns linked by the East Lancashire Railway and the A58. The Rochdale constituency expands further west, to the border with Lancashire in Norden ward, losing the wards covering Littleborough. These are included in a "Saddleworth and Littleborough" constituency, covering the named towns as well as Royton. Finally there is a compact "Oldham" constituency covering the town of Oldham.

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