CANDIDATES are likely to contest all new constituencies in Harrow and Brent at the next General Election in 2015.
The Boundary Commission for England has published its revised recommendations to change the boundaries of constituencies in order to reduce the number nationally from 553 to 502 in order to produce a more streamlined House of Commons, and as a result there are proposed tweaks to those situated in north-west London.
Harrow West, held by Labour's Gareth Thomas, is to be altered by adding Hatch End ward and Brent's Northwick Park ward and removing Marlborough ward, and will keep its name rather than change it to the originally touted label of 'Harrow'
The only change to Harrow East, won by the Conservarive Bob Blackman in 2010, is the gain of Marlborough ward since plans to move across Brent's Fryent and Queensbury wards have been dropped, and neither will the name switch to the initial suggestion of 'Stanmore'.
The existing Brent Central constituency - represented by the Liberal Democrats' Sarah Teather - will gain Brondesbury Park ward, lose Tokyngton ward, and absorb the Hammersmith and Fulham borough ward of College Park and Old Oak. It will be renamed Willesden.
There could be a new Wembley constituency to replace Brent North, held by Labour MP Barry Gardner, with Northwick Park moving to a Harrow West constituency and Perivale and Sudbury wards shifted to a Greenford and Northolt constituency.
The Boundary Commision for England had to ensure every constituency – apart from two specified exceptions – must have an electorate that is no smaller than 72,810 and no larger than 80,473.
An eight week consultation runs until December 10 2012 after which the final recommendations will be passed to the Government for implementation next year.
PROPOSED HARROW EAST:
PROPOSED HARROW WEST:
Harrow on the Hill
Northwick Park (Brent)
PROPOSED RUISLIP, NORTHWOOD AND PINNER:
Eastcote and Ruislip (Hillingdon)
Northwood Hills (Hillingdon)
South Ruislip (Hillingdon)
West Ruislip (Hillingdon)
College Park and Old Oak (Hammersmith and Fulham)