Following Nick Clegg’s decision to withdraw the House of Lords Reform Bill and end Lib Dem support for parliamentary boundary changes, Wayne David MP has declared that the Caerphilly constituency is “safe”.
Under the Coalition Government’s proposals, the current Caerphilly constituency was to have been cut in half. The southern half was to be linked to Cardiff North and the northern half linked to a seat called Newport West and Sirhowy Valley. The Islwyn seat was to be divided between this seat and Blaenau Gwent.
The Caerphilly Cardiff North seat would have been a marginal seat; the Newport West and Sirhowy Valley, in all probability would have been a safe Labour seat.
Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, is the Labour Party’s frontbench spokesperson on constitutional issues and he said in response to Nick Clegg’s statement, “The Coalition Government’s programme is in disarray. Lords reform and boundary changes have been withdrawn. Given that Labour supported Lords reform in principle, I am disappointed that the Reform Bill has been withdrawn. But I am delighted that the plug has been pulled on the boundary changes. The boundary changes were all about Tory gerrymandering and not about reflecting the needs of communities.
“I now look forward to the Government also withdrawing their Green Paper on changing Welsh Assembly boundaries”.