Wealden MP Nus Ghani speaking in the House of Commons. Sitting next to her is Maria Caulfield

Wealden seat in House of Commons could disappear

Proposals would break Parliamentary link between Uckfield, Hailsham and Crowborough

The Wealden Parliamentary constituency will disappear, if Boundary Commission proposals are accepted.

Uckfield would join with Lewes to form a whole new constituency.

The nationwide proposals are designed to make constituencies have similar electorates and to reduce the number of seats in the House of Commons

The rejigging in this area is a knock-on from arrangements proposed for Brighton which sees some of the current Lewes coastal area go into a new seat taking in part of east Brighton.

The Boundary Commission said: “As a consequence, we propose a significantly modified Lewes constituency.

“This constituency includes 14 wards from the existing Lewes constituency and 12 wards from the existing Wealden constituency, including the wards that cover the town of Uckfield.

“This constituency would include the areas of Lewes, Uckfield, Polegate and parts of the Ashdown Forest. As a result we propose that this constituency is named Lewes and Uckfield.”

Hailsham would go into a new Bexhill and Battle constituency

A new constituency would be created which will straddle the East Sussex/Kent county border. It would be known as High Weald and would include Crowborough.

The proposals are now out for consultation.

The Boundary Commission said: “We encourage everyone to have their say on our initial proposals and, in doing so, to become involved in drawing the map of new Parliamentary constituencies.

“The more views and information we get as a result of our initial proposals and through the subsequent consultation phases, the more informed our consideration in developing those proposals will be, and the better we will be able to reflect the public’s views in the final recommendations we present in 2018.”

At present Wealden is held by Conservatives Nus Ghani and Lewes by Maria Caulfield. Both were elected for the first time at the last general election.

Ms Ghani won the seat previously held by Charles Hendry and Ms Caulfield defeated the sitting MP, Norman Baker.

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