MPs will take on more voters in new plans

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VOTERS from across Dacorum and beyond could be jostled around if new proposals to change constituency boundaries go ahead.

Plans have been drawn up in an attempt to equalise constituent numbers and reduce the number of MPs to 600.

Redrawn boundaries would see Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning gain around 6,000 voters from other constituencies, but lose 2,000 voters around Ashridge to colleague David Gauke.

Most dramatically, the 6,000 new voters will come from two constituencies in Bedfordshire, increasing the geographic area of the Hemel Hempstead constituency by around 50 per cent.

South West Herts MP David Gauke would see an overall increase of around 1,000 voters under the proposals.

The change would involve a relatively major change of electorate for Mr Gauke, who would see around 12,000 of his voters from areas

such as Moor Park lost to Watford.

He would, however, gain 11,000 voters from the Abbots Langley, Langleybury and Leavesden areas, alongside the 2,000 voters from the Ashridge area previously included under Hemel Hempstead.

See this week’s new compact Gazette for more.