This is an alternative scheme for the South West region.

Summary benefits:
Uniting all of Weymouth and East Dorset urban areas into their own constituencies
Constituencies in Devon based on the national parks
Fewer constituencies crossing the River Avon
More sensible divisions of Gloucester and Cheltenham

Details:
The same pattern of subgroupings is used as in the initial proposals.

Cornwall:
The St Ives, Camborne and Redruth, Truro and Falmouth, and North Cornwall constituencies are unchanged. In addition, there is only minimal change, with the transfer of Par, Tywardreath and Fowey to South East Cornwall in exchange for Roche and Bugle. This produces more compact constituencies with better internal transport links.

Dorset:
The South Dorset constituency now takes in all of the Weymouth urban area, including the Chesil Bank, Upwey and Broadwey, and Winterborne and Broadmayne wards, in exchange for the Swanage and South East Purbeck wards. The West Dorset constituency then expands eastwards to include Chalk Valleys, and Puddletown and Lower Winterborne. The North Dorset constituency then includes Stour and Allen Vale, to bring it in the required population range.

These changes allow for an East Dorset constituency to be created, uniting those towns in the greater Bournemouth urban area: Wimborne Minster, Ferndown, St Leonards and West Moors, which are currently divided between two constituencies. The East Dorset constituency also includes the Bearwood and Merley, Kinson, and Redhill and Northbourne wards.

The town of Poole is now divided into west and east constituencies. The Poole West and Purbeck constituency is centred on Poole Harbour, while the Poole East constituency covers the boundary between Poole and Bournemouth. Although it may be considered to cross the boundary, it is not clear that there is a sharp geographical dividing line, which is why the Westbourne and West Cliff ward is included in Poole East; although community ties in this area are as yet untested.

The successor to Bournemouth West is Bournemouth Central, which straddles the current boundary between Bournemouth West and Bournemouth East. The remaining Bournemouth wards (Muscliff and Strouden Park, Littledown and Iford, West Southbourne, and East Southbourne and Tuckton) are included in a Christchurch and Bournemouth East constituency. This produces a more compact constituency with good transport links.

Avon, Devon and Somerset:
In my proposals for Devon, only Exeter and Torbay remain unchanged. However, the Plymouth constituencies could also be unchanged: I divided them east/west rather than north/south, but the community ties in this area are untested.

The South West Devon constituency no longer extends into West Devon, instead including the Charterlands ward. The Totnes constituency extends north to include the Ambrook and Ipplepen wards, while Newton Abbot includes the Kenn Valley ward. These changes allow for West Devon, South Hams and Teignbridge to be kept as a subgrouping, as well as for a new Dartmoor constituency centred on the national park. This would include all of West Devon, as well as the Teignbridge wards of Moretonhampstead, Teign Valley, Chudleigh, Bovey, Haytor, and Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. The Dartmoor National Park is a natural community of interest in this area, and this also minimises disruption to the Mid Devon council area.

The Torridge and West Devon constituency can no longer contain West Devon, so the proposed name is "Torridge". It includes two Mid Devon wards, Taw and Taw Vale, and the North Devon wards of Instow, Fremington, Bickington and Roundswell. Although these wards do have community links with Barnstaple, they are also well connected with Bideford. Moreover, the River Taw forms a natural northern and eastern boundary in this area. The remaining North Devon wards are included in a cross-county constituency, called Barnstaple and Exmoor, which includes the wards of Exmoor, Porlock and District, Dulverton and District, and Wiveliscombe and District. This allows for a second constituency based on a national park, namely Exmoor.

The remaining Mid Devon wards are included in a Mid Devon constituency, along with the East Devon wards of Exe Valley, Broadclyst, Cranbrook, and Whimple and Rockbeare. The Exmouth constituency compensates by including Ottery St Mary, and the remaining East Devon wards are included in a second cross-county constituency, called Honiton and Chard. The two towns are well-linked by the A30 road, and this allows much of the East Devon and Blackdown Hills AONBs to be included in this constituency; the appropriate Somerset wards are Hatch and Blackdown, Blackdown and Tatworth, Neroche, and the five wards covering Chard.

The Taunton constituency is made more compact, including Milverton and District, Cotford St Luke and Oake, and Norton Fitzwarren and Staplegrove. This allows for the Bridgwater and West Somerset constituency to be resurrected, albeit in a different form; an alternative name might be Bridgwater and Minehead. It extends as far west as Minehead, and as far south as the Creech St Michael, and North Curry and Ruishton wards. However, the wards covering Burnham and Sedgemoor are no longer included.

The Yeovil constituency extends slightly northwards to include the Islemoor, Burrow Hill, Hamdon and Martock wards. The proposed Glastonbury and Somerton constituency is extended northwards to become a Somerton and Wells constituency, including those wards around the city of Wells as well as the Bruton ward. However, Shepton Mallet would be included in the Frome constituency instead of Bruton; this has the advantage of not creating an orphan ward. The remaining wards in Somerset county would become part of a constituency which I have called Sedgemoor. The main settlements are Burnham/Highbridge, Cheddar, and Yatton/Congresbury. This is a difficult constituency to name; some alternatives are "Burnham and Cheddar", "Mid Somerset", and "Somerset Levels/Sedgemoor and Mendips", to reflect both the inclusion of the low-lying Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills.

The Weston-super-Mare and Bath constituencies are unchanged, as is the North Somerset constituency except for the loss of Winford. The River Avon is a natural barrier in this area, so I have proposed only one cross-river constituency in Bristol. The remaining wards in BANES are included in a Bristol South East and Keynsham constituency, which also takes in Brislington West, Knowle and Stockwood. Brislington East ward is in the cross-river Bristol East constituency, which extends as far north as Frome Vale. Although this divides Brislington, there are few alternatives to accommodate changes elsewhere. The remaining Bristol constituencies are unchanged (although Bristol South is renamed Bristol South West), and the ward of Lockleaze is included in a Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency. There is a proposed Kingswood constituency, broadly similar to the existing one, whereas in the initial proposals, these areas were divided between three different constituencies. Finally, Thornbury and Yate remains unchanged.

Gloucestershire and Wiltshire:
There is no change to South West Wiltshire, Salisbury, East Wiltshire, Swindon North and Swindon South. The Devizes and Melksham constituency is only altered to also include the Bromham, Rowde and Roundway ward, since Rowde and Roundway in particular are linked strongly to Devizes. The Chippenham constituency thus includes the By Brook ward.

The cross-county constituency, Cirencester and North Wiltshire, is broadly the same as the existing proposals, minus By Brook but including the Northleach and Sandywell wards. The Stroud constituency is unaltered, as is the Forest of Dean. The initial proposals for Gloucestershire divided Gloucester and Cheltenham bizarrely, in particular separating Barnwood from Hucclecote and Springbank from Hesters Way. My proposals have instead divided these towns according to parish boundaries.

Thus the wards omitted from Gloucester constituency are Kingsway, Quedgeley Severn Vale and Quedgeley Fieldcourt, and those from Cheltenham are Swindon Village, Battledown, Charlton Kings and Charlton Park (the last three corresponding to Charlton Kings parish). This is a much more natural division of Gloucester and Cheltenham.

The aforementioned wards, except Swindon Village, are included in a new Mid Gloucestershire constituency. This does cover five local authorities. However, it predominantly is focused on Gloucester and Cheltenham suburbs, including Churchdown and Brockworth among others. The Tewkesbury constituency extends eastwards, to cover the northern part of Cotswold district; it is renamed "Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds".

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