PM to go ahead on boundary changes

South Wales Argus: PRESSING AHEAD: David Cameron PRESSING AHEAD: David Cameron

DAVID Cameron today signalled his intention to press ahead with a Commons vote on redrawing the parliamentary boundaries, despite a warning his Liberal Democrat coalition partners intend to wreck the plan.

Visiting an activity centre in Gilwern, near Abergavenny, Mr Cameron made clear he intended to push forward with the changes when they come back to the Commons in the autumn, even though he faces almost certain defeat with the Lib Dems lining up with Labour.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced yesterday that he would be ordering his MPs to oppose the new boundaries after a vote by Tory backbenchers derailed his plans to reform the House of Lords.

The proposals to cut the number of parliamentary seats while realigning the boundaries to ensure they have roughly equal numbers of voters is widely seen as the key to the Conservatives chances of outright victory at the next election, giving them up to 20 additional seats.

"We want the boundary change vote to go ahead," he told reporters.

His decision will effectively force Lib Dem ministers to vote against their own Government - throwing the divisions within the coalition into sharp relief.

The changes would mean, in Gwent, the end of Islwyn and Newport East as constituencies, the joining of Caerphilly with Cardiff North and the expansion of the Monmouth seat to take in parts of the existing Newport East seat.

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6:42pm Tue 7 Aug 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

i hope the lib/dems do wreck it because newport west/sirhowy valley is a nonsense
i hope the lib/dems do wreck it because newport west/sirhowy valley is a nonsense james.dyer7@ntlworld.com

7:33am Wed 8 Aug 12

Robodad says...

James, why do you say that?
James, why do you say that? Robodad

9:19am Wed 8 Aug 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

robodad - the proposal is to combine most of newport west to the corridor running up to Aberbargoed. Caerleon will go to Torfaen. Do you think people from say Marshfield have anything in common with Aberbargoed.?
robodad - the proposal is to combine most of newport west to the corridor running up to Aberbargoed. Caerleon will go to Torfaen. Do you think people from say Marshfield have anything in common with Aberbargoed.? james.dyer7@ntlworld.com

4:22pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Davi says...

It should not be changed and David Cameron needs to be given a reality check because he is slowly destroying everything in his way..The only reason for boundary change is that he would have a better change of winning the seats he needs..Clegg and the rest of Libdebs will stop it for sure..
It should not be changed and David Cameron needs to be given a reality check because he is slowly destroying everything in his way..The only reason for boundary change is that he would have a better change of winning the seats he needs..Clegg and the rest of Libdebs will stop it for sure.. Davi

4:56pm Thu 9 Aug 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

davi - hope so.
davi - hope so. james.dyer7@ntlworld.com

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