Proposed changes to constituency boundaries could see the seats of East Ham and West Ham carved up, and the latter completely abolished. The plans, outlined by the Boundary Commission yesterday will see the total number of seats nationally cut from 650 to 600.

 The changes, planned to be used from the 2020 general election, are taking place to balance the number of voters in each constituency. The East Ham seat will - if the proposals are passed - will consist of Beckton, Boleyn, Custom House, East Ham Central, East Ham North, East Ham South, Plaistow South, Royal Docks and Wall End wards.

The boundary commissions for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be carrying out consultation exercises involving public hearings and written representations before producing their final reports and sending them to Parliament in October 2018.

Speaking about the proposals, Stephen said: “These boundary reforms across the country do not include 2 million people who registered to vote for the EU Referendum. The proposed changes are for the benefit of the Conservative Party and should not go ahead. I hope everyone will be able to contribute to the public consultation.”

AuthorStephen Timms