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The end of Montgomeryshire as we know it?

 
Created on 17/10/2017 @ 11:39
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It could be all change at the next general election as Montgomeryshire faces a three-way split with Welshpool heading north, Montgomery going south and Machynlleth moving west.

Under the new revised boundary proposals, the north of the existing constituency, which includes Welshpool, would come under a new Clwyd South and North Montgomeryshire constituency.

Montgomery will become part of a new super-constituency of Brecon, Radnor and Montgomery, covering more than 1,150 square miles – making it one of the two largest constituencies in Wales. Machynlleth would now come under Ceredigion and North Pembrokeshire.

The proposals are a little different from the ones put forward in January and the current Montgomeryshire MP, Glyn Davies, told the Shropshire Star that he is disappointed with the updated proposals.

Steve Halsall, secretary to the Boundary Commission for Wales, said as well as meeting the need to reduce the number of constituencies, the review had also looked at issues specific to Wales.

The proposals will now go forward for a third and final consultation.

Mr Halsall said: “It has also taken into account other relevant factors and has sought to identify the solutions most suitable to local needs within Wales.

“I would emphasise that these are not the final set of proposals so I urge the Welsh public to take this opportunity to have their say during this consultation period.

“Over the next eight weeks people may visit our consultation portal, write in or email us to let us know what they think of the commission’s proposals.

“Whether they accept or object, we are keen to hear people’s views.

“Where they object – particularly where they can supply counter-proposals – the Commission will give full consideration and may amend its proposals accordingly.”

The initial consultation period runs until December 11.

Representations can be sent to the Boundary Commission for Wales, Hastings House, Fitzalan Court, Cardiff CF24 0BL, fax them to 029 2046 4820, or email them to bcomm.wales@wales.gsi.gov.uk


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