Ynys Môn constituency “protected status” confirmed in Boundary Commission proposals

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has welcomed the Boundary Commission for Wales reaffirming that the Anglesey constituency will remain unchanged.

The independent body has proposed significant changes for the principality with Westminster MPs reduced from 40 to 32 to make constituencies roughly the same size in population.

However, Anglesey has ‘protected status’ because it is an island – something Virginia successfully campaigned for shortly after she was elected.

“I do support reform of constituencies across the whole UK and, in Wales, we have some of the smallest so change is inevitable,” said Virginia.

“However, it is important to stress that Anglesey is not involved in this process. It remains a stand-alone constituency. It will not be put in with another constituency to form a new one and I am pleased I was able to help ensure this happened.”

The commission is consulting on the proposals for the rest of Wales until November with other consultations on revised plans then taking place. It will report back in 2023.

Each constituency in the UK parliament will have to have between 69,724 and 77,062 voters following the changes.

Ynys Môn was given its protected status through an amendment to the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill following a campaign by Virginia.

Other islands such as Orkney and Shetland, the Western Isles and the Isle of Wight have the same status.

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