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Islwyn MP hits out at ‘deeply flawed’ constituency proposals

Chris Evans, the Member of Parliament for Islwyn, has hit out at ‘deeply flawed’ proposals published today by the Boundary Commission for Wales.

The plans would abolish the existing Islwyn constituency and divide it between Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly. Close communities such as Blackwood and Pontllanfraith, will be split apart.

Mr Evans said: ‘The proposals as they stand will break strong local ties and make no geographical sense whatsoever. For example, the central and important town of Blackwood becomes an add-on to Blaenau Gwent even though the areas have totally different socio-economic profiles.

‘The commission has failed to acknowledge this and has instead just lumped them together to make up the numbers. In doing so they have totally disregarded the views of my constituents.

‘That is why I put forward a detailed counter-proposal last year which would have remedied these issues but has been totally ignored.

‘The Boundary Commission’s inconsistent application of its own guidelines is a real cause for concern. I believe the way the consultation has been handled is deeply flawed.

‘I have written to the Secretary of State for Wales and the Boundary Commissioner about these concerns. The future of democratic representation in Wales is at stake and we have to get this right.’