Jonathan calls for votes of equal value

18/02/11

 Parliament is expected to approve plans to redraw constituency boundaries increase constituency sizes in line with the rest of the UK.

The plans include a reduction of 50 to reduce the amount of MPs to 600. Wales is likely to take it’s share with a reduction of constituencies from 40 to 30.

Jonathan Evans is a supporter of the changes - even if it meant he could lose his seat. Commenting, Jonathan said "We currently have a gerrymandered system in Wales. We have simply more representation per head than other parts of the country.

"I believe in a simple principle. One person, one vote, and votes of equal value."

In the last General Election Labour won 66% of seats in Wales on just 36% of the vote and the system had to change.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman insisted the boundary review would be done independently.

She said: "Redrawing constituency boundaries is about fairness. The existing inequality in constituency size means that a vote is worth more or less depending on where you live. We want to ensure that everyone's vote carries a more equal weight throughout the country."

Currently there is a huge disparity with Welsh constituencies having as little as 50,000 electors, whereas in England there are constituencies of over 75,000.