Lewisham Labour as called for changes to the Parliamentary Boundary Review, following a huge increase in the number of voters registered in the borough.
Since December 2015 there has been an 18% increase in register voter in Lewisham; higher than in any local Authority in the UK.
The Government ambition has been to reduce the number of MPs to 600 and is part way through a Parliamentary Boundary Review. But the review has been based on the notional size of constituencies using the electoral registers from December 2015. Since then, Lewisham has had over 30,000 people register.
Cllr Walsh, the proposer of the motion, said “I delighted that over 30,000 have register to vote since December and largest rise in the UK. However, it brings into question the method being used for Parliamentary Boundary Review. The introduction of individual electoral registrations (IER) had disproportionately affected inner city areas like Lewisham as 6,000 were lost of the register.”
“There has been an increase in register across the UK, but especially in inner city areas like Lewisham, and the Boundary Commission must take this into account before making any decision. It is possible that we could lose representation in parliament.
“During the referendum 1000’s of people were encourage to register and it is vital that we continue to encourage more people to register going forward.”