Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has responded to the announcement of the initial proposals for the redrawing of Westminster Parliamentary boundaries that were published today, Tuesday 13th September.
“While these boundary proposals are part of a long process, and I expect them to change substantially between now and 2018, there are serious concerns about the way in which this process has taken place.
“These proposals have been drawn up on a flawed basis, based on out of date information. There were real problems with the introduction of individual voter registration which saw huge numbers of people, especially younger people and students, falling off the electoral register. This means certain areas, such as my constituency of Ceredigion, and urban areas such as Cardiff and Swansea, with large student numbers, have been significantly disadvantaged.
“The Liberal Democrats supported boundary changes during the Coalition as part of a package which included reform and reduction in the membership of the House of Lords and substantive devolution to Wales. House of Lords reform was blocked by the Conservatives, and I am not convinced that the current Wales Bill represents significant devolution to Wales.
"It is important that if boundary changes take place, they are done using accurate population figures and with proper democratic and constitutional reforms to ensure that these changes do not leave Wales with a weakened voice. Currently I fear they do not meet that criteria."