Tuesday, 8 November 2022

General Election NOW?

 You've got to be kidding. This would give Labour a seriously unfair advantage. The  boundaries for parliamentary constituencies are due to be changed for all four countries mid-July 2023.

Here's how it works:

Implementing the Boundary Review changes

After the Government receives all four sets of final recommendations it is responsible for drawing up a single draft Order in Council to implement the recommendations. Orders in Council are Orders that have been approved at a meeting of the Privy Council personally by The King.

The Government must submit the draft Order to the King in Council for approval “as soon as reasonably practicable”. The legislation states this must be no later than four months after the final reports have been laid in Parliament unless there are exceptional circumstances.

The draft Order must contain the final recommendations of the Boundary Commissions. The Government cannot make changes.

When will the boundaries be used?

The new boundaries will be used at the first general election after the Order comes into force. The date it comes into force will be included in the Order itself.

The validity of an Order in Council, once made, cannot be called into question in any legal proceedings.

If there are by-elections held between the Order being made and the next general election, the current boundaries are used.

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