1. ITV Report

Plans unveiled to cut more than a quarter of Welsh MPs

The number of Welsh MPs could be cut by 11 to 29. Credit: PA

New proposals to cut the number of Welsh MPs by over a quarter have been unveiled. This is part of an overall cut in the number of MPs across the UK to 600, down from the current 650.

The new rules require every constituency in the UK to be within 5% of 74,769 registered voters, which has meant a significant redrawing of every Welsh constituency.

The Isle of Anglesey currently has its own MP, but as the number living on the island falls considerably short of the new total, it will now form part of a wider Ynys Mon a Bangor seat which includes part of the mainland. Initially this was set to be Caernarfon, however, these revised proposals suggest Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan instead.

Elsewhere there are some changes in the south where a new Llanelli seat is set to span the Loughor river and take in some areas to the north of Swansea, in minor changes to the initial proposals, but big changes from the current boundaries.

The Commission had suggested dividing the Sandfields and Port Talbot areas in 2 different constituencies, however, these proposals have been revised with both included in a new Ogmore and Aberavon constituency.

Credit: Credit: Boundary Commission for Wales