It has been clear for some time now that the Banbury constituency would need to be looked at carefully during the next round of boundary reform given the level of growth across North Oxfordshire. With a population of over 125,000 and an electorate of over 90,000, it is one of the largest Parliamentary constituencies in the UK.
While the decision to form a new Bicester constituency does not come as a surprise, it is important to remember that these proposals have been put forward by the independent Boundary Commission. They will be subject to lengthy and detailed consultation in the weeks and months ahead. No decisions have been made.
I would encourage all those who wish to have their say to do so via the Boundary Commission’s website: https://www.bcereviews.org.uk/.