The Boundary Commission made initial proposals in 2011 which were revised in response to public and political comment and published early in 2016. www.bce2015.org.uk refers. A twelve-week period of further public consultation ended on 5 December. The revised proposals have important implications for Cumbria, as follows:
A new Penrith and Solway Constituency
A new Westmorland and Lonsdale Constituency which will take in Appleby, Warcop, Brough, Kirkby Stephen and Orton with Tebay from the former Penrith & the Border Constituency.
A new Carlisle Constituency which will take in the rural Carlisle wards of the former Penrith & the Border Constituency.
If the BCE accepts these revised proposals for Cumbria they will represent a major change to the political landscape of the county, giving a strengthened Carlisle Constituency and having a positive impact on the rural area of the county with a Conservative presence across the north of the county from west to east.
District, town and parish boundaries will not be affected by these changes.