Welsh Tory Chair defends cut in the number of MPs in Wales
The Chair of the Welsh Tories has defended the cut in the number of MPs in Wales.
Glyn Davies, who used to be the Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire, argued that the current system isn’t fair on England.
But he added that he doesn’t like “seeing the stress it will cause to elected MPs from all Welsh parties, especially my party”.
The Boundary Commission for Wales is planning to axe the number of MPs in Wales from 40 to 32 – a reduction of 8.
Despite Wales losing 20% of its representatives the number of MPs across the UK will stay the same, at 650.
The number of MPs in England is set to increase by 10, from 533 to 543.
The new constituencies are due to come into force at the next General Election, which is expected to be in May 2024.
Boundary Commission will open an 8-week consultation period where the public can share their views on the proposed constituencies for Wales.
Davies made the comments following an interview with Guto Harri for the S4C politics show Y Byd yn ei Le.
‘Stress and anxiety’
He said “Firstly the Constituency Boundaries Review, which is causing stress and anxiety to every party – more so in Wales than anywhere else in UK. Number of Welsh MPs falling from 40 to 32.
“Of course I don’t like it or seeing the stress it will cause to elected MPs from all Welsh parties, especially my party. But I can see no alternative.
“Can’t slip back to ‘rotten boroughs’ of centuries ago. Average English constituency electorates are 16,000 more than average Welsh electorates.
“And that’s making no allowance for the 60 MSs that are responsible for many issues that land on English MP’s plates. Current position is in no way fair.”