ANDOVER’S MP has announced that he will be the Conservative candidate for the remodelled North West Hampshire constituency.

Existing constituencies in the region are set to be reshuffled under a review by the Independent Boundary Commission for England.

The North West Hampshire constituency will see villages moved to a new constituency, including the likes of Goodworth Clatford, Grateley and Anna Valley around Andover. It will add Pamber Green, Little London and Sherbourne St John around Basingstoke – to name just a few places.

Kit Malthouse, who was first elected in 2015, has been chosen to represent the Conservative party in the next general election.

Mr Malthouse said: “I was delighted to be adopted for the remodelled North West Hampshire constituency and I am very grateful to members of the association for their continuing support.

“While I am sad to be losing so many constituents south of Andover and Basingstoke, I am excited to get to know the areas joining NW Hants, between Pamber and Rooksdown north of Basingstoke.  

“When the election comes, I hope I can once again convince this lovely area that I am the right person to champion its people, help protect its character and secure a bright future for all.” 

The Independent Boundary Commission for England will send its final recommendations for the new constituency boundaries to Parliament by July 1.

The boundaries are reviewed every five years with the aim to make sure all constituencies are the same size.

The Commission says it is required to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal; in doing so, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543.

Maria Miller, who has been the MP for Basingstoke since 2005, will face also changes to her constituency if the proposals are approved.

Currently, areas such as Old Basing, Mapledurwel, and Nately are all in the Basingstoke constituency but under new plans they will be absorbed into North East Hampshire.

The Basingstoke boundary will shift to the west and will include North Waltham, Steventon, and Malshanger under the new proposals.