This is an alternative scheme for the West Midlands region.

Summary benefits:
More compact constituencies throughout, particularly in Worcestershire and Staffordshire
Fewer ward splits in the West Midlands
Constituencies respecting boundaries such as railway lines and canals, not dividing communities.

Details:
The pattern of subgroupings is the same, although Wolverhampton and Walsall do not form a sub-subgroup.

Shropshire:
No change.

Herefordshire:
No change.

Worcestershire:
No change to Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove, Worcester or Redditch constituencies. Although the Redditch constituency is not ideal, this is the best option to prevent disruption elsewhere.
The proposed Droitwich and Evesham constituency is extremely long and thin, damaging links between parts of the constituency. I have reoriented this constituency to cover South Worcestershire, an alternative name for my proposal of "Evesham". This would cover the southern part of Malvern Hills and of Wychavon. The remainder of these districts would be included in a "Malvern and Droitwich" constituency.

Warwickshire:
The Bedworth and North Warwickshire constituency extends to include Bulkington, thus removing an orphan ward. There is no change to Nuneaton. The Rugby constituency includes Dunsmore ward. There is no change to Warwick and Leamington.
The current proposal for Kenilworth and Southam encircles Warwick and Leamington, creating a "doughnut" shape. This weakens transport links through the constituency, as they will go through the centre of the "doughnut". I have thus reoriented the Kenilworth constituency westwards, in a "Kenilworth and Arden" constituency, while the remainder becomes part of "Stratford and Southam". This constituency is now oriented to align with the natural landscape, rather than cutting across it.

West Midlands and Staffordshire:
Coventry is a subgroup within the West Midlands. There are only minor changes to make the constituencies more compact; they are renamed East, North and South respectively. This also keeps Upper and Lower Stoke in the same constituency.

The Solihull and Birmingham areas are a subgroup. There is a new ward division in Solihull, offset by the removal of two ward divisions in Birmingham. Please note that due to difficulties with ward splitting on the software, these are not shown, but I have suggested possibilities for where to split the wards.

The Meriden constituency extends slightly farther northward, to include Smith's Wood, transferring Silhill to Solihull. This has the advantage of retaining the Solihull constituency entirely south of the Grand Union Canal, and of keeping Solihull station and hospital in the Solihull constituency. The constituency also includes the Birmingham ward of Highter's Heath. This makes it slightly too large, by 446, so a ward split is necessary. The recommended ward is Olton, where all areas north of the Grand Union Canal (broadly corresponding to the E01010177 LSOA) would be transferred out to Birmingham Yardley, which would also contain Lyndon ward.

The Birmingham Yardley constituency is much more compact, with its northern boundary being the rail line from New Street. It includes Garretts Green and Heartlands at the expense of Acocks Green and Tyseley, which are transferred to Birmingham Hall Green. This then loses Moseley, and Brandwood and King's Heath wards, to form a new constituency, "Birmingham Moseley". The Weoley and Selly Oak ward is no longer divided; Birmingham Northfield no longer includes this, instead replacing it with Bournville and Cotteridge. Weoley and Selly Oak is instead included in a Birmingham Edgbaston constituency, which does not include North Edgbaston. This is transferred instead to Birmingham Ladywood. The Lozells ward has been exchanged for the Nechells ward; this keeps more of the Aston area in the Birmingham Erdington constituency. The Alum Rock ward is transferred to Birmingham Hodge Hill, which now lies entirely north of the railway line. Finally, Birmingham Perry Barr and Sutton Coldfield are unchanged.

The remaining Black Country districts and Staffordshire form the last subgroup. To better preserve communities, Walsall and Wolverhampton no longer form a subgroup.

West Bromwich East remains unchanged except it is simply called "West Bromwich". The Oldbury and Tividale wards are transferred to a "Smethwick and Oldbury" constituency. The Halesowen and Rowley Regis constituency is retained, avoiding the need to divide Blackheath ward; however, it is too large by 835. So I have proposed the division of the Cradley and Wollescote ward with Stourbridge, broadly corresponding to the E01009831 LSOA. Stourbridge now includes Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood, making it more compact; Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews is transferred to Dudley. There is no change to the proposed Kingswinford and South Staffordshire constituency (although in the submission I have called it "Kingswinford and Codsall", the name proposed by the commission is superior).

The Coseley East ward is no longer an orphan, being included along with Sedgley in a "Wolverhampton South East and Coseley" constituency. This predominantly is centred on Bilston. The Wolverhampton West constituency transfers Blakenhall to the Wolverhampton South East and Coseley constituency, gaining Bushbury North instead. While it is not ideal to divide Bushbury, the benefits of uniting other towns elsewhere means that this is a "least-worst" option. The remaining Wolverhampton wards are included in a "Wolverhampton North East and Willenhall" constituency, which now unites all of Willenhall in one constituency. The remaining Sandwell wards are included in a "Wednesbury and Darlaston" constituency, covering the two towns as well as the Pleck ward. To compensate, the Walsall constituency now contains Aldridge North and Walsall Wood, and is called "Walsall and Aldridge", thus uniting Aldridge in one constituency. The Bloxwich and Brownhills constituency includes the South Staffordshire ward of Essington; although this is an orphan ward, it is necessary to balance population.

The Tamworth constituency now contains Hammerwich and Wall, instead of Whittington and Streethay or Mease Valley. This allows Streathay to be included in a Lichfield constituency. The Lichfield constituency now stretches to include Rugeley; it is called "Lichfield and Rugeley", while Burntwood is included in "Cannock and Burntwood". Although the Cannock Chase constituency could have remained unchanged, this pattern allows for more compact constituencies elsewhere in Staffordshire. Indeed, the Cannock and Burntwood constituency is compact. It may be desirable to split Hammerwich and Wall to transfer the part covering Burntwood to Cannock and Burntwood, although this is not necessary.

The Burton constituency no longer contains Uttoxeter. The links between Burton and Uttoxeter are not particularly strong, while villages such as Barton-under-Needwood are more closely linked to Burton. This also allows the Burton constituency to be compact. Uttoxeter's stronger links with the Staffordshire Moorlands are recognised by including it in a Staffordshire Moorlands constituency, stretching to the northern border and including Leek. The area around Biddulph is included in a "Biddulph and Kidsgrove" constituency extending as far west as Audley and including some of the northern Stoke-on-Trent wards. Most Stoke-on-Trent wards are included in "Stoke-on-Trent North". The railway line is used here as a western boundary; three wards to the west of the railway line are included in Newcastle-under-Lyme. This could be renamed "Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent West", but this is somewhat cumbersome. The rest of Stoke-on-Trent is included in Stoke-on-Trent South. The proposed Stone and Great Wyrley constituency was unsatisfactory: the connections between the named towns are poor and the constituency was not very compact. I have proposed uniting Stafford and Stone in "Stafford and Stone", recognising the better links between these towns. The remaining constituency is "West Staffordshire": this is largely rural and does not have any central town.

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