Deadline for contributions to Boundary Commission review of new MP constituencies is Monday 5th at midnight. E-mail for comments is [email protected] Bishops Ward ie Lambeth from Thames to just beyond China Walk Estate is being tagged on to Southwark and Old Bermondsey, becoming 7.9% of that constituency. For all other purposes including election of councillors it remains in Lambeth. Simon Hughes gave evidence in 2012 about the disadvantages for voters in this situation (see SE1 website). Many local residents have suggested Bishops goes in with the two Lambeth wards to its south. There is more information on SE1 website or that of Boundary Commission.
Surely there is less access to your MP so far as the voter is concerned. For example, an MP whose principal focus is on Southwark wards may well find that a ward added on only to meet the electoral quota in, say, Lambeth (or wherever) inadvertently receives less attention from him/her or, alternatively, that his links/contacts with the local authority in whose area he only has one ward are weaker. In addition, it may mean travelling further to see one's MP because their base is further afield.
I think those of us not in Bermondsey are a bit of an addendum for the MP, and it will be even worse for Bishop's Ward. I am hoping that having Bishop's Ward will assist us in Cathedrals, but that's good for us rather than for them!
The other thing to remember is that the Boundary Commission has used the current Southwark ward boundaries when drawing up the proposed parliamentary constituencies, rather than the new ones that will be used for local government elections from May 2018.
So in some places we will have a right old hotch-potch of electoral boundaries, with some (new) Southwark wards split between (new) parliamentary constituencies.