PLANS to change up the Cotswolds constituency boundaries are set to be scrapped, according to national media reports.

A report by The Times stated that according to three senior sources, plans for new constituency boundaries across the UK are likely to be abandoned by Theresa May amid fears of a rebellion by Tory MPs when the prime minister needs her party’s support to push through Brexit legislation.

During the election campaign, the Conservatives pledged to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 to save £50 million over five-years and to ensure that electorates are more equal in size.

The Cotswolds constituency, under proposals by the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) released in September last year, had been set to gain 5,245 voters in Nailsworth from the Stroud constituency and lose 5,245 voters in Wotton-under-Edge and 1,662 voters in Kingswood to a new constituency called Dursley, Thornbury and Yate.

The changes would have meant that the Cotswolds constituency would lose 1516 voters, from 76,210 in 2015 to 74,694 in the 2020 General Elections.

The Cotswolds, a Conservative stronghold, has been represented in the House of Commons by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown for 25 years since 1992.

The MP previously said he agreed with BCE that "the current system is unfair" and that “the aim must be to equalise these numbers”.

In the 2017 General Election, Mr Clifton-Brown won with 36,201 votes, ahead of Labour candidate Mark Huband with 10,702 votes.

Kingswood is currently represented by a Conservative councillor and Wotton-under-Edge is represented by two Liberal Democrats and one Green Party councillor in Stroud District Council.

The Cotswolds would have been losing both these wards.

Nailsworth, which the Cotswolds would have gained, is a Labour voter stronghold, with two Labour and one Green Party councillor representing the ward in Stroud District Council.