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English electoral reviews kick off

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The Boundary Committee for England has begun the first round of public consultation on electoral reviews in Stoke-on-Trent, Mansfield, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford.

The reviews, which are aimed at deciding the right number of councillors to sit on the council and the name, number and area of the electoral wards, includes three rounds of public consultation.

This first period lasts for six weeks, ending on 14 September 2009.

At this stage, the Committee is consulting locally to help it decide how many councillors the council should have.
Later in the year, it will ask for views on what areas those councillors should represent.

Max Caller, the Boundary Committee chair, said: “We want to make sure that the electoral arrangements for the council work best for all of its residents.

“In order to make a decision on council size, the Committee will need to look at the role that councillors play in the council, the political management structure of the authority, and the way in which the council plans to engage with local communities.”

The review is likely to conclude in spring 2010 when the Boundary Committee makes its final recommendations.

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