13 September 2016
The review of electoral boundaries has been released today.
Under the proposed new boundary changes, Wales would lose 11 MPs and there will be significant impacts on MPs abilities to adequately represent communities in Wales. Wales Green party will be making the point that creating equally sized constituencies is not the answer for fairer politics. What we need is a change to the First Past the Post system, so that our votes genuinely count equally.
Pippa Bartolotti, speaking for Gwent Green party said, “Playing about with constituency boundaries will not make our voting system fairer. What we really need is a change from the First Past the Post system to a system which fairly represents the number of votes cast. It’s not the boundaries which need changing, but the entire electoral system, which is even more unfair in local council elections.
“At the moment we have a Parliament in which a party’s share of the seats bears little relationship to the number of votes they actually received. 83% of developed democracies use some form of Proportional Representation Voters and non-voters alike know that Parliament is unrepresentative of the people who do actually vote. It’s hardly surprising that many choose not to vote.”
Alice Hooker-Stroud, leader of Wales Green Party said: "The aim of this Government is clear and consistent: to disenfranchise more and more of the electorate for their own political gain: by changing the rules on registering to vote and allowing 800,000 people to fall off the electoral register; and to then completely disregard these people when changing electoral boundaries."
"We are being sold the line of cutting costs, and making our democracy fairer. The first of which is completely unnecessary, and the latter completely untrue. These proposed boundary changes make marginalised communities and peoples even more so - those in rural areas, young people, and poorer communities. Wales' voice will be heard less under these changes than other devolved nations, despite the fact that more of our powers remain in Westminster. It is unacceptable and disrespectful."
Contact Pippa Bartolotti on 07981717757 and firstname.lastname@example.org