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Assembly elections reform plans

The Welsh Secretary, Cheryl Gillan, has published a consultation on whether the Assembly should have fewer constituency AMs and more elected from regional lists.

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Election decisions should be made in Wales - Plaid

Plaid Cymru has issued its response to proposals to change the way Assembly Members are elected which have been published by the Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan today.

Whilst Plaid Cymru will be examining these proposals closely and look forward to being at the heart of debates about democracy in our country, we believe that decisions about elections in Wales should be made in Wales and not in London.

Plaid Cymru supports the Single Transferable Vote system to elect members to the National Assembly. That is the fairest way of keeping the constituency link and ensuring that there are fewer wasted votes.

– Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, Plaid Cymru Constitutional Affairs Spokesperson

Although Cheryl Gillan does not include STV as an option in her Green Paper it should be considered, and it will form part of our response.

We are open minded about whether the Assembly should have 4 or 5 year terms; what we should avoid is a clash of an Assembly and Westminster election in the same year.

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