Constituency changes set to be revised
CHANGES to Parliamentary constituencies have gone back to the drawing board.
It is part of the UK Government's plans to reduce the number of MPs in Wales from 40 to 30.
Following a consultation period into the alterations, which will see Swansea represented by two MPs instead of three, further changes have been proposed.
However, parts of Swansea will still be represented by MPs from other constituencies.
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The Boundary Commission, which publishes its report today, received a significant number of responses in relation to its initial proposals for the Llanelli, Gower and Swansea West and Swansea East constituencies.
Responses, for example, highlighted the strong links between the Gorseinon and Llwchwr areas and suggested these should not be divided between constituencies, as was the case in the initial proposals. Therefore it is proposed Llwchwr joins Gorseinon in the Llanelli constituency.
The constituencies of Aberavon and Ogmore and Neath and Swansea Valley have not changed since the original proposals. Caerfyrddin loses Llangeler to a neighbouring constituency.
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards indicated that Plaid Cymru was prepared to back boundary changes.
Mr Edwards said that if the Government offered a "major" transfer of powers to the Assembly then Plaid would be willing to join with other small parties to approve the changes.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg pledged that Liberal Democrat MPs would vote against the proposals — which would cut the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 — after Conservative MPs thwarted proposals to elect the House of Lords.
A consultation period into the revised changes runs until December 18.