The Electoral Commission has now published its “Final Recommendations” for re-drawing the boundaries of the UK’s Parliamentary Constituencies – which include scrapping Wales’s most populated constituency, Cardiff South and Penarth – currently held by Labour MP Stephen Doughty.
Overall, the new proposals involve culling the number of MPs from 650 down to 600 – a move which was agreed by Parliament in 2011 – but which has since been dogged by foot-dragging by scores of reluctant MPs attempting to hang on to their jobs.
The number of MPs in Wales would be reduced from 40 down to 29.
The new Vale of Glamorgan East Constituency would include the whole of Penarth including the following electoral wards:-
- Cornerswell Ward 3,885 voters
- Plymouth Ward 4,419 voters
- St. Augustine’s 4,913 voters
- Stanwell 3,178 voters
The new Vale of Glamorgan East constituency will also include these constituencies outside Penarth :-
- Baruc (Barry)
- Buttrills (Barry)
- Cadoc (Barry)
- Castleland Barry)
- Court (Barry)
- Dinas Powys
- Dyfan (Barry)
- Gibbonsdown (Barry)
- Illtyd (Barry)
The total number of voters in the new Vale of Glamorgan East Constituency would be 76,984
Labour MPs are expected to try to put a spanner in the works because these final Electoral Commission recommendations are still subject to Parliamentary approval .