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Consultation on new constituency boundaries

22 May 2023

Consultation on new constituency boundaries

Boundaries Scotland is consulting on their provisional proposals for Scottish Parliament constituencies.

The review of constituencies will cover the 70 mainland constituencies, with Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands protected in legislation. The overall number of MSPs (129) is also fixed in legislation and will not change as a result of this review.

Changes to boundaries are required because the population of different areas changes over time, but each MSP still needs to be elected by roughly the same number of people. To keep things fair, the boundaries have to be moved from time to time to reflect these changes.

In the provisional proposals which are being consulted on:

  • 21 constituencies are unchanged
  • one constituency retains its boundary but with a new name
  • 26 constituencies have minor changes to boundaries but retain their existing names
  • 25 constituencies have both new names and new boundaries

More details can be found on the Boundaries Scotland website, where you can also respond to the consultation before 17 June.