Parliamentary boundary review disappointment for MP

Carmarthenshire MP Jonathan Edwards has expressed his disappointment with the possibility of not representing the Cenarth and Llangeler electoral wards should the new parliamentary boundaries go ahead.

The Boundary Commission for Wales this week published its revised proposals for the future of parliamentary constituencies which will result in Wales’ representation at Westminster being reduced from 40 to 30 MPs.

The proposed constituency of Caerfyrddin (Carmarthen) incorporates the 10 Carmarthenshire wards which are currently in the Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire constituency and almost the entirety of the existing Carmarthen East & Dinefwr constituency with the exception of just Cenarth and Llangeler electoral wards.

Plaid Cymru’s Mr. Edwards said he was disappointed with the decision to move the two wards to the greater Ceredigion constituency and said he would continue to make the case for the constituency’s name to reflect the cultural and historical importance of the Dinefwr area.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“I am bitterly disappointed with the intention to move the Cenarth and Llangeler electoral wards from the Carmarthen East & Dinefwr constituency. Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and I have invested in a constituency office in the heart of the Teifi Valley which is testament of our commitment to the area.

“I fear that having just two wards from the whole of the county of Carmarthenshire being swallowed up in the greater Ceredigion constituency will not serve the residents of the area well.

“I am also disappointed the boundary commission has not acknowledged the cultural significance of the Dinefwr area in its proposed new name for the constituency and I will continue to make the case for Dinefwr’s historical importance to receive appropriate recognition.

“I consider my role as a Member of Parliament to stand up for all residents of Carmarthenshire and Wales. I will continue to strive for a stronger, fairer and more prosperous county should I have the honour of representing the greater Carmarthenshire area in the future.

“The only way I would ever vote for these new boundaries is if we see a major transfer of powers from Westminster to our National Assembly so that the citizens of Wales, including those in the Teifi valley, have more control over their own future.”

ENDS

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