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Boundary review put back to 2012

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 06, 2011

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A REVIEW that will redraw the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies in Wales has been delayed by two resignations.

The review, which will decide how to cut the 40 constituencies in Wales down to 30, had been due to report in September, but has now been put back to January 2012.

The delay comes after Local Government and Communities Minister Carl Sargeant sacked the three commissioners then serving on the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales, of which Paul Wood was chairman and John Bader a member, in June because it had "lost the confidence of its stakeholders".

The pair have now stepped down from the committee looking at parliamentary boundaries.

In a statement, The Boundary Commission for Wales said: "Following their removal as commissioners of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales, Mr Paul Wood and Mr John Bader have indicated their intention to resign as commissioners of the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales."

"Their resignations are not connected in anyway with the work of the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales."

Deputy commission chairman Justice Lloyd Jones paid tribute to their contributions.

Their replacements are not expected to be in place until September or early October.

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