Website leaks Wales’ boundary changes a day early – as number of Welsh MPs cut by eight to 32
What are claimed to be Wales’ boundary changes have been leaked a day earlier than expected by the Guido Fawkes website.
The new map shows Bangor and Caernarfon split into two separate constituencies, and Ceredigion combined with the north of Pembrokeshire.
In other notable changes included as part of the leaked map, part of the Neath constituency has been combined with what was previously Brecon and Radnorshire.
There are also changes to Cardiff South, the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend which could make what are currently two Conservative and one Labour seat more amenable to Labour.
The new constituencies are due to come into force at the next General Election expected to be in May 2024.
Despite Wales losing 20% of its representatives the number of MPs across the UK will stay the same, at 650.
England’s allocation of MPs will rise from 533 to 543, while the number of MPs in Scotland will be reduced from 59 to 57, and in Northern Ireland the figure will remain at 18.
As well as publishing its final proposals tomorrow, the Boundary Commission will open an 8-week consultation period where the public can share their views on the proposed constituencies.
Under rules set out in the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 (as amended) each constituency proposed by the Boundary Commission for Wales must contain between 69,724 and 77,062 electors, with the exception of Ynys Môn, which is a protected constituency.
The Commission has considered several factors in developing its proposals, as well as the statutory range of electors.
Geography (such as lakes, rivers, and mountains) has been an important consideration, they said, as has current boundaries such as local authority and ward boundaries. The Commission has also considered local ties, such as shared history and culture as it developed its initial proposals.
The full proposals will be published on the Boundary Commission for Wales website and consultation portal at midnight tomorrow. The consultation will open immediately upon the publication of the initial proposals and will close on 3 November.