Registration of Londoners to vote

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3924
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

How many Londoners were not on the register that the proposed new Parliamentary boundaries were based on? Do you have plans to lobby the Government to reconsider the proposals for London, given the number of voters left off, and the impact of radically redrawn Parliamentary seats, crossing numerous Council boundaries?

Answer

Answer for Registration of Londoners to vote

Answer for Registration of Londoners to vote

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The size of the electorate in London as at 1 December 2015 was 5,118,884; that being the London element of the English electorate figure (37,294,494) the Boundary Commission for England must use in drawing up its 600 Parliamentary constituencies.  London's electorate for the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016 was 5,424,768.

I share the concerns many Londoners hold about the use of out of date electorate figures and proposals for redrawn boundaries that fail to respect the contours of London's communities and borough boundaries.  As the Boundary Commission for England says itself, its proposals represent 'substantial change' for London in order to comply with the Government's electoral quota.  As Mayor, I will be ensuring the views of Londoners are heard by national government and urge others to make representations to the Commission, which is consulting on its proposals up to 5 December 2016