Problematic politics

The St Loyes Ward has a funny position in Exeter. It is part of the Exeter City Council area. However, in 2010 the Parliamentary Constituency boundaries were redrawn, and St Loyes was moved from Exeter to East Devon.

I saw something of the campaigning in the 2017 General Election, and found that many residents did not know which Constituency they lived in. Would they have voted differently as a result? Would they engage their actual MP differently now if they knew who he was and that he was in a different party?

The Boundary Commission has recently been conducting a review of Constituency boundaries. One proposal was that St Loyes be moved back into the Exeter constituency, and many people supported this. However, in September the Boundary Commission recommended that we stay where we are in East Devon. So here we are, with the prospect of another General Election looking increasingly likely.

But that’s not all! In 2016, Exeter City Council redrew the Ward boundaries, so the Ward and Constituency boundaries no longer line up either. Nor do they line up with the Devon County Council Wonford & St Loyes Division boundary.

The Ordnance Survey has a great site where you can look at the various boundaries – https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/election-maps/gb/. Here are the City Ward and Constituency boundaries.