Electoral map redrawn

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Electoral map redrawn thumbnailThe Boundary Commissionís 2018 proposals. CC04-102s

PLANS to redraw Northern Ireland's electoral boundaries have been altered to include a new 'North Coast' constituency, according to an official map.
In 2016, the Boundary Commission issued proposals that would have seen East Londonderry extended south and renamed Glenshane.
Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call an early election meant the changes were shelved.
Last week however, a map titled '2018 revised proposals' appeared briefly on the commission's website this week. The commission said the map went live temporarily during a test exercise.
It shows an entirely new constituency based loosely on the Causeway Coast and Glens Council borough, but minus the Brenbradagh district, Garvagh, Kilrea, Rasharkin, Dunloy and Glenariff.
Northern Ireland is set to lose one constituency, from 18 to 17, as part of a wider move to cut the number of seats across the UK from 650 from 600.
The 2016 proposals would have seen East Londonderry replaced by an enlarged 'Glenshane' constituency containing a much larger nationalist vote.
Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart would have been transferred in to North Antrim which was to be renamed Dalriada.
The remainder of the old East Londonderry seat would have subsumed a portion of Mid-Ulster and be rebranded Glenshane.
Some pundits were predicting the changes could have handed the seat to Sinn Fein. And the proposals were heavily criticised by the DUP.
The Chronicle contacted East Londonderry MP, Gregory Campbell for his views on the last proposals but he was unavailable for comment.
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