Commenting on the Boundary Commission Wales’ latest proposals for parliamentary constituency boundaries, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, said:
“It is good to see that the Boundary Commission Wales has listened to our representations about splitting the Aberavon and Port Talbot wards, and that they have included both areas in the same constituency in their latest proposals. The Commission has clearly acknowledged the strength of feeling and the level of local opposition to their original proposals, for which it should be commended.
“However, there are still a number of serious problems with this latest proposal. The communities of Gwynfi, Cymmer, Glyncorrwg, Cwmavon and Bryn have a natural affinity with Port Talbot, and the suggestion that they should be cut off in this way shows a lack of respect for our communities. I will therefore continue to calling on the Boundary Commission Wales to recognise this.
“The Boundary Commission Wales have the unenviable task of redrawing the boundaries to meet arbitrary criteria, based on out of date data, in a bare-faced gerrymander by the Government.
“The Government have shown their cards, and it is clear that they will split up communities like ours in an effort to manufacture more Tory seats across the country. That is why the Government must drop this political exercise, transparently drawn up for partisan advantage, and instead focus on how to deliver a Brexit, economy and society that works for all of us in Britain.”