General Election 2024: Cambridgeshire to see brand new constituencies for first time

A polling station in Girton, Cambridgeshire
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Some Cambridgeshire residents taking to the polls for the general election on July 4 will be voting in new constituencies. Thousands of people will find the name of their constituency has changed since they last chose an MP in 2019.

New parliamentary constituencies were announced last summer to rebalance the number of people each MP represents. The number of seats in Cambridgeshire will increase from seven to eight after the creation of the new constituency of St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire.

There have been changes to other seats in the county as a result. The constituency of South East Cambridgeshire has been renamed Ely and East Cambridgeshire.

You can find out which General Election 2024 constituency you live in by using our interactive gadget. Type in your postcode to see the name of your 2024 constituency, the name of the previous constituency (where it has changed) and the name of your sitting MP.

Following three rounds of public consultations, the Boundary Commissions for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland published their final recommendations for new parliamentary constituencies last summer. It means the majority of constituencies will change in some way at the general election and in some cases voters will be asked to cast their ballot in a completely new seat.

The latest review has been conducted to ensure all constituencies are roughly the same size and respect local ties between areas. Except for five protected island seats, all constituencies must have population sizes within 5% of the "electoral quota" of 73,393, meaning most constituencies will see at least some boundary changes.

However, around half of all seats (332) will remain very similar with about 90% of households remaining in the same constituency before and after the change. Sixty-five seats, or about one in 10, will see no changes to their boundaries – although four will have a new name - but the remaining 585 seats will have at least some change.

Of the constituencies that will see changes, 40 will only see a slight change, in some cases only affecting a handful of properties. The boundaries of 76 constituencies will be extended to take in new properties, while 73 will be reduced, meaning some properties will be swapped to a new seat.