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Initial Proposals - talking points

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We published these Talking Points when we announced the publication of our Revised Proposals on 13 September 2012 by issuing a News Release.

Talking Points

  • The Commission is proposing 6 constituencies exactly covering Glasgow City in place of the current 7 constituencies. From the Initial Proposals, the only change is that the Commission is proposing that Glasgow South East constituency is renamed as Glasgow South constituency which is the name of an existing constituency.
  • The Commission is proposing 4 constituencies exactly covering City of Edinburgh in place of the current 5 constituencies. From the Initial Proposals, the only change is that the Commission is proposing that Edinburgh East constituency is renamed as Edinburgh South East constituency to better reflect its relationship with existing constituencies.
  • The Commission is proposing 4 constituencies exactly covering the combined extent of Highland, Argyll and Bute, and Moray council areas, in place of the current 5 constituencies. In the Revised Proposals, the Commission is proposing Moray and Nairn constituency comprising Moray council area and Highland ward 19 (Nairn) in place of Moray and Strathspey constituency in the Initial Proposals. In the Revised Proposals, Inverness and Skye constituency now includes Highland ward 21 (Badenoch and Strathspey) and excludes Caol in Highland ward 12. Caol is included in Argyll, Bute and South Lochaber constituency, renamed from Argyll, Bute and Lochaber constituency. Caithness, Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty constituency is unchanged from the Initial Proposals, and has the largest area of a proposed constituency at 12,833 square kilometres.
  • In eastern Fife, the Revised Proposals include Fife East constituency and Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes constituency. From the Initial Proposals, the Commission is proposing renaming Cupar and St Andrews constituency as Fife East constituency, placing all of Fife ward 17 (Howe of Fife and Tay Coast) in Fife East constituency and dividing Fife ward 23 (Buckhaven, Methil and Wemyss Villages) between constituencies, with Methil being in Fife East constituency and Buckhaven, East Wemyss and West Wemyss being in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes constituency.
  • In western Fife and Clackmannanshire council area, the Commission is proposing a small change to the division of Dunfermline between Clackmannanshire and Dunfermline West constituency and Dunfermline East constituency to follow the boundary of Fife ward 4.
  • From the Initial Proposals in East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire council areas, the Commission is recommending a name change to West Dunbartonshire and Bearsden North constituency (from West Dunbartonshire and Bearsden constituency) and a change to the division of North Lanarkshire ward 19 between Motherwell, Wishaw and Bellshill constituency and Airdrie and Coatbridge South constituency. The Commission considered the alternatives suggested in the consultation responses for East Dunbartonshire council area, but believes that the Initial Proposals are the best solution to constituency design within the statutory rules in this area, and therefore are not proposing any change to boundaries in the Revised Proposals.
  • In South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire council areas, the Revised Proposals include a small change to the boundary between East Kilbride and Rutherglen constituency and Hamilton constituency around Cambuslang and Halfway to reflect local ties identified during the public consultation on the Initial Proposals.
  • In Angus, Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and Stirling council areas, the Revised Proposals include 2 constituencies in and around Dundee City council area which are significantly different from the Initial Proposals. These are Dundee West constituency comprising the western part of Dundee City council area and Angus West and East Perthshire constituency comprising the western part of Angus council area and the eastern parts of both Dundee City council area and Perth and Kinross council area. Together, these 2 constituencies cover the same area as Dundee East and Gowrie constituency and Dundee West and the Glens constituency from the Initial Proposals. There are no other changes in these areas from the Initial Proposals.
  • In Aberdeenshire and Angus council areas, the Revised Proposals include small changes to the boundaries in the Initial Proposals of Banff and Buchan constituency, Deeside and Gordon constituency and Angus East and Kincardine constituency to reflect local ties.
  • In Midlothian, Scottish Borders and East Lothian council areas, the Revised Proposals include a change to the boundary from the Initial Proposals between Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency and Midlothian and Tweeddale constituency so that Clovenfords within Scottish Borders ward 2 is in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency. As a result the proposed Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency is the same as the existing constituency of the same name.
  • In Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire council areas the Revised Proposals include name changes from the Initial Proposals to reflect the place of Ayr in Ayr North, Troon and Cumnock constituency (Kyle and Cumnock constituency in the Initial Proposals) and Galloway, Ayr South and Carrick constituency (Galloway and Carrick constituency in the Initial Proposals), and is proposing no other changes from the Initial Proposals.
  • In Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire council areas, the Revised Proposals include name changes from the Initial Proposals: Ayrshire Central and Arran constituency (in place of North Ayrshire and Arran constituency), Renfrewshire South and Ayrshire North constituency (in place of Renfrewshire South and Largs constituency) and Inverclyde and Renfrewshire West constituency (in place of Inverclyde constituency). The Commission is proposing no boundary changes from the Initial Proposals. The proposed Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency is unchanged from the Initial Proposals, and is very similar to the existing constituency of the same name: the only change results from fitting with current ward boundaries.
  • The Commission is proposing 3 constituencies exactly covering the combined extent of Falkirk and West Lothian council areas, as at present. There is no change from the Initial Proposals.
  • The Commission is proposing 2 constituencies exactly covering Aberdeen City. The Commission is proposing no changes from the Initial Proposals.
  • The Commission is proposing that whenever a council area can have a whole number of constituencies exactly covering its extent, it does: Aberdeen City (2 constituencies), East Lothian (1 constituency), City of Edinburgh (4 constituencies) and Glasgow City (6 constituencies). This was also the case in the Initial Proposals.
  • In the Revised Proposals, some towns across Scotland remain divided between 2 constituencies, such as Ayr, Bearsden, Coatbridge, Dunfermline and East Kilbride. These same towns were divided between constituencies in the Initial Proposals, with the constituency boundary in Dunfermline being amended in response to the public consultation on the Initial Proposals.
  • East Dunbartonshire has 332 too many electors for a single constituency exactly covering the council area. After careful consideration of the comments and suggestions made during the public consultation on the Initial Proposals, the Commission proposes West Dunbartonshire and Bearsden North constituency (named West Dunbartonshire and Bearsden constituency in the Initial Proposals, but with the same boundaries), and an unchanged East Dunbartonshire and Kilsyth constituency.
  • In the Revised Proposals, 2 mainland constituencies are unchanged from existing constituencies: East Lothian constituency which covers the same extent as East Lothian council area and Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency. In the Initial Proposals, only East Lothian constituency was unchanged from existing constituencies.
  • 35 proposed mainland constituencies are each wholly contained in a single council area. 14 proposed mainland constituencies combine parts of 2 council areas. One constituency in the Revised Proposals combines parts of 3 council areas: the newly proposed Angus West and East Perthshire constituency which contains parts of Angus, Dundee City and Perth and Kinross council areas.
  • 12 existing mainland constituencies are each completely contained in 1 proposed constituency (Argyll and Bute; Banff and Buchan; Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk; Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; North East Fife; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire).

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