Wayne David MP responds to today's parliamentary boundaries vote.
Following the vote today in the House of Commons on parliamentary boundaries, Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly and Shadow Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform said:
“Today's victory means that the selfish and partisan Tory changes to our parliamentary constituencies have been stopped in their tracks by peers and MPs from all sides. The Tories should try to win elections fair and square and not by moving the goalposts. It would have been an insult to democracy to reduce the number of elected MPs by 50, while 117 new unelected members of the House of Lords have been created since the last election, with more anticipated. The Government is not reducing the number of Ministers and has in fact the more Special Advisors than any other government in history.
“The cut in the number of Welsh MPs was particularly unfair. Wales was to have its MPs cut by 25%. This was the most blatant example of the Tories’ gerrymandering.
“The Tories claims that cutting the number of MPs reduces the cost of politics simply doesn’t stack up. The figures show that their 117 new peers costs an additional £18million a year, which exceeds the £13.6million that might be saved had there been 50 fewer MPs. With the prospect of even more new peers in the pipeline, the Tories simply can’t claim to be reducing the cost of politics”