Booking is now open for the public hearings on the proposed new parliamentary constituencies.

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is holding a secondary consultation on its proposals from February 22 to April 4, to allow people to provide feedback in person.

Under plans released last year Cirencester, Tetbury and Fairford would be taken out of The Cotswolds and made part of North Wiltshire. James Gray's constituency would then be renamed Cirencester and North Wiltshire.

The likes of Winchcombe and Painswick would be added to The Cotswolds under the plans, designed to rebalance the number of voters in each constituency, while Wotton-under-Edge would become part of Stroud.

Last year Cotswold MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown labelled the plans a ‘dog’s dinner’.

"Cirencester is the centre of my seat and it is sad that these plans would deprive the town of its Cotswolds hinterland," he said.

Under the plans England will gain 10 additional seats overall, with three of these being in the south west.

Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, Tim Bowden, said: “The Boundary Commission for England is redrawing the map of constituencies in England so that it represents local communities as best as possible, while keeping to the legal requirements - and you can help us.

"We received a fantastic number of responses during our first consultation - over 34,000 - and we want as many people as possible to get involved in our upcoming secondary consultation.

“Between 22 February and 4 April, we want you to tell us your thoughts on our proposed new map of constituencies. You can provide feedback in person at a public hearing in your region, or in writing via our consultation website, letter, or email. Booking is now open for speaking slots at our 32 public hearings across the country, and we’re looking forward to hearing your views.”

The most convenient public hearing is being held in Gloucester on March 24 and 25. There is also one in Bath on March 28 and 29.

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