HOW Hampshire residents vote could be about to drastically change as proposals could see new parliamentary constituencies created.

Recommendations from the Boundary Commission for England, published today, have reshaped the county as 50 MP seats could be scrapped across the UK.

One major change sees Caroline Nokes' Romsey and Southampton North constituency disappear and replaced by the new Test Valley district. This means voters in Chilworth, Nursling and Rownhams would be part of New Forest East, with those in Bassett and Swaythling swallowed by Southampton Test.

But voters in Colden Common, Compton, Otterbourne and Twyford would be part of the new Test Valley district as the Winchester constituency, currently held by MP Steve Brine, is set to be reshaped. It would push further south, as far as Southwick, as it takes over the Meon Valley parliamentary district.

Elsewhere in Southampton, residents in Newtown, Northam and Bevois Valley would move from Test to Southampton Itchen.

Another shake up sees the Isle of Wight split in two - Isle of Wight East and Isle of Wight West.

Now, residents are being asked for their views as the plans enter its final consultation period.

Sam Hartley, secretary to the Boundary Commission for England (BCE), said: "We’re delighted with the huge number of comments on our initial proposals that we’ve received from members of the public, many of which contain valuable evidence about people’s local communities.

"Based on what people have said to us, we have revised more than half of our initial proposals.

"The new map of the country we publish today is, we think, close to the best set of Parliamentary constituencies we can achieve, based on the rules to which we work and the evidence given to us by local citizens.

"But we still want people to tell us what they think of this latest map before we make our final recommendations to Parliament next year.

"It’s so important to have your say in this fundamental democratic exercise."

The shake-up of voting regions in the country comes after a decision by parliament to reduce the number of constituencies to 600 from 650.

To ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is equal, the BCE has been asked to make independent recommendations about where the boundaries of English constituencies should be.

An initial 12-week consultation was held in the autumn last year, giving the public the first chance to view and comment on BCE’s plans, followed by a second consultation in the Spring of this year.

More than 25,000 public responses were received during these consultations. Based on what the public have told us about their local communities, we have decided to revise over half of our initial proposals.

From today, October 17, people can go to the BCE’s website,, to have their say.

The deadline for the consultation is December 11.

Following this third and final consultation, the Boundary Commissioners will consider all the evidence submitted throughout the process. They will then decide on their final recommendations before submitting them to Parliament in September 2018.

If agreed by Parliament, the new constituencies will be in use at the next scheduled General Election in 2022.