Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty' will now have to get himself adopted for a new Parliamentary seat - and win an election - if he is to remain in Parliament

Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty’ will now have to get himself adopted for a new Parliamentary seat – and win an election – if he is to remain in Parliament. He would no longer represent Penarth unless adopted and elected for the new Vale of Glamorgan East constituency

The Parliamentary constituency which includes Penarth – “Cardiff South and Penarth” – is set to disappear under proposals tabled today by the Boundary Commission for Wales.

The huge sprawling constituency – the largest in Wales – has now more than 72,395 electors and is set to disappear under new plans which will make every constituency in Wales of approximately the same size.

Under the overall proposals Wales will lose 11 of its existing 40 MPs as the number of parliamentary constituencies is cut to just 29.

Penarth would be in the newly-created "The Vale of Glamorgan East" constituency

Penarth would be in the newly-created “Vale of Glamorgan East” constituency

Penarth would sit within the new “Vale of Glamorgan East” constituency under the proposed arrangements .

The new seats in South Wales are named – provisionally – as:-

  • Monmouthshire,
  • Newport,
  • Torfaen,
  • Blaenau Gwent,
  • Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney,
  • Caerphilly,
  • Cynon Valley and Pontypridd,
  • Rhondda and Llantrisant,
  • Cardiff West,
  • Cardiff North,
  • Cardiff South and East,
  • Vale of Glamorgan East,
  • Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan West,
  • Ogmore and Port Talbot,
  • Neath and Aberavon,
  • Swansea East and Gower
  • Swansea West.

A two-day public hearing will take place in Cardiff on October 26 and 27 in which members of the public can make their views known about the new proposals .


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  1. Christopher David says:

    Every cloud. But lets not forget that Wales is probably getting more AM’s in the “reshuffle” of powers. If they have their way the Senedd will have as many AM’s as the USA has senators. Wales pop c 3 million, USA pop c 319 million. More empire building by “The Club” In addition do remember that Wales is bankrupt. All the extra powers are a sop and a case of giving the power mad dreamers more rope.

  2. Colin Davies says:

    seems sensible especially with them all being roughly the same size… and fewer elected MP’s has to be an plus point!!

  3. Martin Coffee says:

    There’s only going to be 50 less MP people over the UK as a whole. I was hoping for well over twice that. However Wales had far more than its fair share so it’s good to see them being terminated.

  4. tom says:

    Goodbye Stephen Doughty, don’t let the door hit you on the way out…

  5. Christopher David says:

    Indeed Mr Coffee. It would be nice to see the at least 650 halved. They only need c 425 to run the USA!! Then lets start on the 825 Lords- cut them down to say…………………nil 🙂 An elected second chamber of c 27 ish would be proportional.

  6. Peter Church says:

    Great news less politicians!!
    Even better news is it won’t be such a safe labour seat any more.
    Have you heard the Labour politicians shouting about how this is subverting the democratic process?
    I think they should get their own house in order before making criticisms of the neutral Boundary Commission.

  7. Andrew Worsley says:

    Im shocked at the prospect of losing such a charismatic MP as Mr Doughty , this man is incisive , forward looking , humble , never craves the spotlight or tries to get himself noticed , his humility is well know ………………the man does not appeal to me one bit ……. a total nonentity grasping at straws in order to gain the spotlight . hope he shuts the door on his way out . We had enough of sourpuss God awful Alun Micheal ( a man who never learned to smile ) he wasn’t allowed to visit a local dairy as they were afraid his charming face would curdle the milk, (well as the story goes ???) The man who always had a 20,000 head start on any opponent by currying favour with certain groups in Cardiff and championing their causes or offering to.

  8. Christopher David says:

    Wow Worsley, Church. Hope for us all yet- I mean I see the tide of reason changing the very fabric, wax and wane of PDN here. Maybe- just maybe there’s hope. Look…. an independent balanced intellect and indeed fairness of the written word is possibly being demonstrated here. Cmon- even Mr Doyle has flashed- nay hoisted his petard without an explosion and its encouraging is it not!? Read him last. He’s good. Progress for us all I hope.

    • Lindsay says:

      Ever heard of the false-consensus effect?

    • Lyndsay Doyle says:

      Wrong again, Christopher. I have not commented on this post, so please do not assume to know my opinion until it is stated.
      We live in a world of many colours, but you seem to see it only in black and white.
      Setting up the United States as an example is laughable. Most American senators or congressmen never deal with the public directly. Our MPs are there to represent constituents, and conduct ‘surgeries’ to help with individuals. The problem with ANY politicians is that are rarely interested in the people they are supposed to represent unless there’s an election due.
      Nonetheless, compared to American politicians, our Members of Parliament are much more ‘hands-on’ and responsive.
      Where I see a bigger problem is in increased levels of intermediary representation – too many layers of bureaucracy between town councils and Parliament. We have more politicians in various talking shops than we have workers to unblock the drains, sweep the roads, clear the rubbish, paint the benches and plant flowers. All these ‘local’ politicians seem to do is argue about their responsibilities while getting paid for debating. Then there’s no money left for tasks they are supposed to organise.
      I believe we would be better off by increasing the numbers of MPs, but getting rid of any intermediary level of authority larger than a town, or city, council. Certainly, we don’t need an assembly, but for regional issues, we should have regular council forums, with a number of locally elected representatives meeting to discuss projects bigger than the remit of a small town.
      It seems the composition of Parliament is governed by the limits of the building itself. With billions due to be spent on urgent repairs, and MPs meeting elsewhere, perhaps we can start considering a more radical restructuring of our democracy to make it more responsive, answerable to the public, and less bound by irrelevant tradition and bureaucracy.

  9. Chris Franks says:

    In principle the number of MPs should be cut. There is however a risk that Wales will disproportionately lose out. Currently Welsh Assembly powers are far weaker than those of both Scotland and Northern Ireland. Parliament is still responsible for major areas of policy affecting Wales. We will have less of a voice.
    A cut in Welsh representation must be balanced by a transfer of these major policy areas to Wales. Scotland’s representation at Westminster was cut in 2005 only in response to a major shift of power to Scotland. Wales is being denied the same responsibilities that have been transferred to Scotland and Northern Ireland and yet its representation in Westminster is being cut by a quarter.

    • Christopher David says:

      Could it be a case of lack of confidence and even trust by Parliament? Especially in confidence! It’s one thing devolving a few problems and irritants, quite another seeing them mount and come back as a “tsunami”.

  10. AK says:

    “we’re all in this together”

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