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Montgomeryshire could soon disappear off the political map

 
Created on 10/09/2018 @ 10:27
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Montgomeryshire could soon disappear from the UK political map.

Plans have been published that will see the historic shire carved up and added to neighbouring communities.

MP Glyn Davies has slammed the plans, stating it will “fundamentally undermine democracy in Central Wales.”

The proposals will set out will see the number of Parliamentary constituencies from 650 to 600.

Mr Davies wants the UK government to reconsider the plans. The National Assembly for Wales boundaries are not affected.

Mr Davies said: “The Government has finally published proposals to reduce the number of Parliamentary constituencies from 650 to 600 in time for the next General Election.

“These proposals reduce the number of Wales MPs from the current 40 to 29 and carves up Montgomeryshire into small bits added on to neighbouring constituencies - destroying centuries of history and fundamentally undermining democracy in central Wales. I continue to do all I can to cause delay and a rethink of these damaging proposals.”

He added: “I accept there must be a review of boundaries. Populations move around, and it’s been too long since the last review of constituency boundaries. It’s the cut from 650 MPs to 600 MPs which does the damage.

“I also fundamentally disagree with the restrictions imposed on Boundary Commissions in framing the new boundaries. The current Act limits the size of constituencies within a 5 per cent tolerance of the average (71,000 to 78,000) - allowing little discretion to make allowance for history, geography and cultural difference. The Act is a ‘camel’ built by bureaucrats with little knowledge of what’s practical.
 
“The argument that cutting the number of MPs “cuts the cost of politics” is a good PR line, but utter nonsense, when the membership of the House of Lords is around 800. And at the same time, our MEPs are being abolished altogether.

“The whole fiasco was concocted in response to public outrage about the abuse of Parliamentary expenses in the past, and undermined democracy, especially in Wales."

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