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The end of Montgomeryshire

Created on 13/09/2016 @ 06:54
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The new Parliamentary boundary map released overnight will see Montgomeryshire swallowed up as the number of Welsh MPs will be reduced from 40 to just 29.

Voters have been invited to have their say during a 12-week consultation, with the final report due in 2018.

The new constituencies have been drawn up by the independent Boundary Commission for Wales under a formula set down under the previous Tory-Lib Dem coalition government.

It proposes that a new Brecon, Radnor and Montgomery constituency be created with some parts of the area included into a new northern constituency.

Constituency boundaries will change across the UK, reducing the size of the Commons from 650 to 600 seats. But Wales will see the biggest proportional cut among the four nations.

And it hasn’t gone down well with current Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies (pictured) who tweeted:

“Montgomeryshire Westminster constituency disappears in boundary review. It may make voting system fairer but it is heartbreaking for me.”

If introduced in time for the 2020 general election, the review would mean the Commons and the Welsh Assembly no longer share the same constituencies.

Wales has the biggest proportional change across the nations and reflects the fact that many of the Welsh constituencies have low numbers of registered voters due to population change. It would be the biggest single change to Wales' electoral map since the Boundary Commission was created in 1944.

The full report can be read here


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