Scotland is set to lose two MPs, while England will gain 10 MPs in constituency boundary changes which have been branded “outrageous” by Scottish MPs. The latest proposals, put forward by the Boundary Commission for Scotland, will be put out for consultation over the next four weeks. The proposals would see 35 constituencies have their boundaries changed, with 20 having their names altered.
Scotland would lose two MPs, Wales would lose eight MPs, while England would gain 10.
This would take Scotland’s total MPs to 57, a decrease from 59.
Dave Doogan, SNP MP for Angus, described the proposals as a “disgrace”, saying they threaten to “erase” his local area.
Angus would be split into two seats: North Tayside and Dundee East and Arbroath. Meanwhile, most of the area’s coastline would be absorbed by another constituency.
Mr Doogan told the National: “These proposals to erase the historic county of Angus are a disgrace and Angus constituents have made this clear in the consultation as I have myself.”
He said there is a “unique sense of identity” within Angus’ borders.
The MP, who was elected in 2019, continued: “Scone and Montrose are both fine places.
“But they share absolutely nothing with one looking next door to Perth and the other sharing much with communities in both Angus and Aberdeenshire.
“Angus is not a bucket of voters to be sloshed around by the commission to other constituencies where the numbers don’t add up.
“This suggestion of dismembering parts of Angus and stitching them together with Highland Perthshire in the West, and Dundee City in the South, shows an abject failure by the commission to abide by their own criteria of respecting established natural and community boundaries.”
Mr Doogan, hitting out at the “outrageous” proposals, said they show a “complete disregard” for the area.
He urged all of his constituents to make their views known as part of the consultation.
One constituency is expected to be lost in Glasgow City, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire council areas, where there are currently 10 constituencies.
The same is expected to happen across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Highland, and Moray council areas.
It has also been proposed that Moray should be split between two seats.
The consultation will run until December 5.
Lord Matthews, the deputy chair of Scotland’s Boundary Commission, said it has “considered all representations very carefully and, where possible, have tried to respond positively to suggestions.”
He added: “The legislative requirements of the review do mean we are not always able to incorporate alternatives and sometimes of course we receive conflicting views or suggestions with unintended consequences for other parts of Scotland.
“We very much look forward to receiving views on the revised proposals after which we will finalise our proposals before submitting them to the Speaker of the House of Commons by July 1 next year.”
If the Boundary Commission’s vision is realised, there will still be 650 constituencies across the UK.
It has been 17 years since the last changes to Westminster constituencies. Before the 2005 change, there were 72 seats in Scotland.