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Final recommendations on future Leeds City Council electoral arrangements

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Final recommendations on future Leeds City Council electoral arrangements

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has today published its final recommendations on the future electoral arrangements for Leeds City Council.

A press release from the LGBCE is available here and information about the process, full report and interactive mapping of the final recommendations can be viewed on the LGBCE website here.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Leeds City Council. Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Leeds.

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Leeds should be represented by 99 city councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 33 three-councillor wards across the city.

The LGBCE has now completed its review of Leeds City Council. The changes proposed must now be implemented by order subject to Parliamentary scrutiny. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament. The draft Order will provide for new electoral arrangements for Leeds City Council to be implemented at the local elections in 2018.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately – for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.

The electoral review of Leeds City Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.

Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: www.lgbce.org.uk