Penarth and the Eastern portion of the Vale of Glamorgan would have its own MP under new proposals published today (Tuesday October 17th 2017) by the Boundary Commission,
The new boundary proposals would see the total number of MPs in Wales being slashed from 40 to just 29 .
The new parliamentary constituency proposals supersede an earlier plans announced over a year ago and take into account the latest views which have been expressed in public consultation to the Boundary Commission for Wales
It would mean the end of the Parliamentary constituency of Cardiff South and Penarth where the overwhelmingly Labour-voting area of South Cardiff – including Splott and Llanrumney – has always dominated the more moderate East of the constituency which includes Penarth, Cowbridge and Sully.
The Bounday Commission says “the advantages of the proposed constituency would outweigh the benefits of retaining the existing Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff South and Penarth constituencies. One of the main reasons for this is that the proposed constituencies of Cardiff will now be retained within the principal authority of Cardiff. This, in turn, allows the formation of other constituencies in the South Wales Valleys to run in a natural north-south direction, as opposed to creating constituencies which run east-to-west, crossing the valleys. This proposed arrangement would also see the three main population centres of the Vale of Glamorgan retained within the eastern split of the existing Vale of Glamorgan.”
The new proposals represent the most fundamental change since the Boundary Commission first established in 1944,
In Cardiff itself the number of constituencies would be cut down from 4 to 3 .
The Western part of Vale of Glamorgan would be joined with Bridgend in a separate Parliamentary constituency – (indicated on the map as No. 21).
The proposed new constituencies across Wales would – under the new boundaries – now have broadly similar numbers of voters and also take into account the size, shape and accessibility of constituencies along with local authority boundaries.
The Boundary Commission says this is not the final set of proposals. There is now to be a new 8-week-long public consultation . The Commission’s final proposals will be submitted to a House of Commons vote in October 2018.
Co-incidentally today the arcane organisation “Praying for Politicians” has announced on Twitter this morning that it is praying today for Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff Suth and Penarth).
“Praying for Politicians” describes itself as “a Christian initiative that encourages wholesome and positive talk towards politicians and encourages daily prayer for politicians.”
However a Conservative voter in Penarth told PDN this morning that with the publication of today’s new Boundary proposals, her prayers had already been answered .