The Square Mile is set to be a part of a new City of London and Islington South constituency as a part of the England Boundary Commission’s 2023 electoral review, which has proposed giving the capital an extra two parliamentary seats.
The review suggests that London gets 75 seats for the next election, with one extra in the areas of Newham and Tower Hamlets and South Central and South West London.
The changes to the City of London’s boundaries to merge it with Islington South will likely turn the Square Mile’s constituency into a Labour stronghold.
Current Cities of London and Westminster Tory MP Nickie Aiken would not stand in the new seat as the majority of her current constituency would be within the boundaries of the newly proposed Westminster and East Chelsea.
Currently Islington South is paired with Finsbury into one constituency, while the City of London is paired with the City of Westminster.
The Islington South and Finsbury MP is Labour shadow international trade secretary Emily Thornberry.
The proposed change would see the City of London joined with the wards of Barnsbury, Bunhill, Caledonian, Canonbury, Clerkenwell, Holloway, Laycock, St Mary’s & St James’ and St Peter’s & Canalside.
Elsewhere, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s Holborn and St Pancras constituency will be consumed by a larger Kentish Town and Bloomsbury Borough constituency as a part of the proposals.
Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge and West Ruislip constituency will be left largely unchanged.
An eight-week public consultation on the plans will begin today and end in August.
Aiken told City A.M. that the proposals are not set in stone.
“These are the first round of the Boundary Commission’s proposals which will now undergo a major consultation process,” she said.
“Last time this was undertaken the Commission changed 50 per cent of its initial thoughts. I’m extremely honoured to represent the City of London and will be proud to continue to do if that’s the final decision.”