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Boundary changes: How they affect Medway

Tracey Crouch MP
Tracey Crouch MP

All three of Medway's Tory MPs will defend their seats after the results of a long-awaited review of the country's political map were unveiled.

Chatham MP Tracey Crouch was one of the MPs who was thought to be under threat of having her seat abolished in the Boundary Commission review.

The changes have been triggered by the government's desire to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to around 600.

There will now only be minor changes to the Chatham and Aylesford, Rochester and Strood and Gillingham and Rainham constituencies.

Rochester and Strood, which is held by Mark Reckless, will now simply be known as the Rochester constituency - the third name change in as many elections. It will take the Chatham Central ward from Miss Crouch's Chatham and Aylesford seat.

She will gain the wards of Rochester South, Horsted and Hempstead and Wigmore.

Rehman Chishti's Gillingham and Rainham constituency remains largely unchanged, with the inclusion of the ward of Luton and Wayfield.

The plans will now go out for a three-month consultation period.

They are based on the recommendation that the size of a constituency should not be 5% bigger or smaller than the average electorate size of 76,641.

The final plans expect to be in place by 2013 in time for the next election in 2015.

Read our political editor Paul Francis's analysis of the countywide picture.

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