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Boundary review: Dagenham’s Eastbrook ward could be lost to Romford

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:52 16 September 2016

Boundary changes proposed for Barking and Dagenham under the new proposals. Red indicates the current boundaries for parliamentary constituencies; black indicates the new boundaries. Graphic: BBC

Boundary changes proposed for Barking and Dagenham under the new proposals. Red indicates the current boundaries for parliamentary constituencies; black indicates the new boundaries. Graphic: BBC

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You could find yourself voting in a different constituency following proposals to shift the electoral boundaries.

The Barking constituency would include the wards of Goodmayes and Mayfield, which are currently in Redbridge, under plans from the Boundary commissions for England and Wales.

The Dagenham and Rainham constituency would lose Eastbrook ward to the Romford constituency but gain the Alibon and Valence wards if the proposals, published on Monday, go ahead.

Jon Cruddas, who represents the constituency, said it was “too early” to know what the shift would mean.

But he added: “The ward is a vital part of the local community and losing it to Romford will mean that thousands of residents who need the benefit of a Labour MP to represent them will struggle to have their voices heard.”

“The proposals are incomprehensible and unacceptable. The suggested changes are a clear example of gerrymandering, and the omission of newly registered voters shows that the Tories have a complete disregard for democracy. In the coming months I will be fighting alongside the national and local Labour Party in opposition to the plans.”

The changes would enable the number of MPs in the House of Commons to be reduced from 650 to 600 from 2018, with the aim of having an electorate of between 71,031 and 78,507 in every constituency.

Across London, five constituencies would be lost, while four remain unchanged.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – whose Islington North seat would be lost under the proposals – has already slammed the plans for not taking into account the increased number of voters since the end of 2015.

What do you think of the new boundaries? Have your say by taking part in our online poll.

The public consultation runs for 12 weeks. To take part, go to bce2018.org.uk

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