Swansea should be renamed Cardiff - says billionaire Sir Terry Matthews
SWANSEA Bay and the valleys should all be called Cardiff, billionaire Sir Terry Matthews has said.
He also said Newport should become a district of Wales's capital city.
Newport-born Sir Terry claimed south east Wales should promote itself to the world as "Cardiff, the brand."
He has been interviewed for tonight's BBC Wales Week In Week Out programme in which he said: "If I was king, I would go [from] Swansea to Newport and I'd circle it and include the valleys. I'd say that's Cardiff."
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He added that he believed Newport would do "better economically" as a region of the capital.
Admitting his idea would be controversial, Sir Terry, who was speaking from his corporate headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, said: "If Newport was a region of Cardiff it would do better economically. Many people won't like these words but I believe this started a long time ago - size matters."
The Welsh government is currently examining how a south east Wales city-region might operate.