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12th September 2016 - Islwyn MP pledges to fight for the community after boundary proposals

Islwyn MP pledges to fight for the community after boundary proposalsIslwyn MP Chris Evans has pledged to fight for the community he has represented since 2010 after initial proposals from the Boundary Commission for Wales released today abolish the constituency.

Initial proposals by the Boundary Commission place the northern half of the constituency, including the communities of Argoed, Crumlin, Newbridge, Blackwood, Pengam, Penmaen and Oakdale into Blaenau Gwent. The southern Islwyn communities including Risca, Crosskeys, Ynysddu, Pontllanfraith and and Maesycwmmer become part of a newly formed Caerphilly seat. Aberbargoed will become part of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.

Islwyn was created after the 1983 boundary review and forms the majority of the former Bedwellty constituency which itself was created in 1918. The communities are currently represented by Mr Evans who was first elected to the seat in 2010.

Mr Evans said: ‘It is extremely disappointing that once again a boundary review has proposed that the community of Islwyn should be split in half despite being represented together in Parliament for almost 100 years.

‘Many of the reformed constituencies make very little geographical sense and the majority of my constituents will be unhappy with these plans. 

‘The rationale behind the reduction in number of MPs was to make cost savings yet the Government is stuffing the Lords to the rafters with Cameron’s cronies at further expense.

‘Meanwhile, the spectre of Brexit means we are living in a time of political uncertainty, losing 72 MEPs, so the question must be asked: Do we really need a boundary review at this time, and the further political uncertainty which will come from it?

‘This is only an initial proposal and I will do everything I can to fight for the community to be represented together as one in Parliament.’


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