With the electoral reform bill finally passed last week then we know that the boundaries for the MP will be re-drawn to accommodate the new rules. As I discussed a few months ago this will impact on Pheasey as Walsall will have to lose an MP and we will be moved around. In reality the options for Pheasey are varied and could/would cause controversy on the estate.
Basically the ward size for the 2010 General Election was 8,630 0f which around 5,500 was on the main Pheasey Park Farm side and the other 3000 on the Orchard side of the ward. When you look at the numbers this makes it difficult to fit in within the government rules as a single ward entity in a new boundary.
On the VOTE 2007 UK FORUM of which I am a member there are members of the forum who are very keen at looking at how the new boundaries could be redrawn. The first of these to try was Richard Allen a UKIP activist from East Birmingham and for the West Midlands he has drawn up the seats as this –
Coventry North West – 73,030
Coventry – Bablake, Whoberley, Woodlands, Sherbourne, Holbrook, Radford.
Coventry Central – 72,831
Coventry – Wainbody, Westwood, Earlsdon, St Michael’s, Foleshill, Longford.
Coventry East – 73,005
Coventry – Binley and Willenhall, Wyken, Cheylesmore, Henley, Lower Stoke, Upper Stoke.
Aldridge and Brownhill – 76,825
Walsall – Aldridge Central and South, Aldridge North and Walsall Wood, Rushall-Shelfield, Pelsall, Streetly, Brownhills, St Matthew’s, Blakenall.
Wolverhampton North and Bloxwich – 78,338
Wolverhampton – Wednesfield North, Wednesfield South, Fallings Park, Heath Town, East Park
Walsall – Willenhall North, Short Heath, Bloxwich East, Bloxwich West.
Wolverhampton South and Darlaston – 79,710
Wolverhampton – Bilston East, Bilston North, Graiseley, Ettingshall, Blakenhall
Walsall – Darlaston South, Bentley and Darlaston North, Willenhall South, Birchills Leamore
Wolverhampton West – 76,618
Wolverhampton – Tettenhall Regis, Tettenhall Wightwick, Oxley, Penn, St Peter’s, Park, Merry Hill, Bushbury North, Bushbury South and Low Hill
Walsall South and Wednesbury – 75,053
Walsall – Paddock, Palfrey, Pleck.
Sandwell – Wednesbury North, Wednesbury South, Hateley Heath, Friar Park, Charlemont with Grove Vale.
West Bromwich – 80,309
Sandwell – Greets Green and Lyng, West Bromwich Central, Abbey, Bristnall, Smethwick, St Pauls, Oldbury, Tividale, Newton.
Dudley West – 79,422
Dudley – Wordsley, Kingswinford North and Wall Heath, Kingswinford South, Brockmoor and Pensnett, Sedgley, Upper Gornal and Woodsetton, Gornal
Wolverhampton – Spring Vale
Dudley East and Tipton – 78942
Dudley – Coseley East, Castle and Priory, Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews, St Thomas’s, St James’s
Sandwell – Great Bridge, Tipton Green, Princes End
Stourbridge – 79,820
Dudley – Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood, Brierley Hill, Amblecote, Wollaston and Stourbridge Town, Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, Lye and Wollescote, Cradley and Foxcote.
Halesowen and Rowley – 76,467
Dudley – Halesowen North, Halesowen South, Hayley Green and Cradley South, Belle Vale
Sandwell – Rowley, Blackheath, Cradley Heath and Old Hill, Langley.
Birmingham Edgbaston – 79,117
Birmingham – Harborne, Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Moseley and Kings Heath.
Sandwell – Soho and Victoria
Birmingham Erdington – 76,669
Birmingham – Erdington, Stockland Green, Oscott, Kingstanding.
Walsall – Pheasey Park Farm
Birmingham Hall Green – 77,178
Birmingham – Acocks Green, Billesley, Springfield, Hall Green
Birmingham Handsworth – 79,905
Birmingham – Soho, Lozells and East Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Perry Barr.
Sandwell – Great Barr with Yew Tree
Birmingham Hodge Hill – 76,336
Birmingham – Bordesley Green, Hodge Hill, South Yardley, Washwood Heath.
Birmingham Kings Norton – 73,704
Birmingham – Northfield, Kings Norton, Bournville, Brandwood.
Birmingham Ladywood – 75445
Birmingham – Nechells, Ladywood, Sparkbrook, Aston
Birmingham Stechford – 78,625
Birmingham – Shard End, Sheldon, Stechford and Yardley North, Tyburn.
Solihull – Castle Bromwich
Birmingham Weoley – 79953
Birmingham – Bartley Green, Quinton, Weoley, Longbridge.
Sandwell – Old Warley
Sutton Coldfield – 74,887
Birmingham – Sutton Four Oaks, Sutton New Hall, Sutton Trinity, Sutton Vesey
Solihull – 76,638
Solhull – St Alphege, Shirley East, Shirley South, Shirley West, Silhill, Lyndon, Olton, Elmdon
Meriden – 73,135
Solhull – Bickenhill, Blythe, Chelmsley Wood, Dorridge and Hockley Heath, Kingshurst and Fordbridge, Knowle, Smith’s Wood, Meriden
It is no shock to me to find that Richard has moved us into Birmingham Erdington, when the Electoral Reform Society looked at this on slightly different criteria, they found the same result. It has to be said that Richard tried not to split wards as from local parties that is a nightmare, however I think it is inevitable that we would be moved into a Birmingham constituency.
For some of us like myself that would be great, for others that would be awful but please remember that we have no choice or say over this and very little option to appeal.