South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: October 31
I was pleased to see that the Boundary Commission for Wales has published revised proposals for Parliamentary boundary changes in the Caerphilly area.
Observer readers may recall that the initial plans linked Caerphilly town with Cardiff North. I submitted an objection because there is nothing in common between the leafy suburbs of the capital city and the valleys. They are simply so different and, of course, there was a rather large obstacle in-between – Caerphilly Mountain. It was a bad proposal for Cardiff North and a bad proposal for Caerphilly and I submitted objections.
So the latest proposals are more sensible – linking the lower Caerphilly Basin area with the southern part of the Islwyn constituency, where there are much closer ties. And, of course, all the wards in the new constituency are served by Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Whether these proposals happen in time for the 2015 General Election is another thing. We’ll have to see what happens up in Westminster.
I’ve decided to support Ian Johnston, one of the Independent candidates in the Gwent Police Commissioner elections on November 15.
Personally, I have concerns about the involvement of party politicians in these Commission roles. It is best suited to someone with first-hand experience and knowledge of the police.
Ian not only worked for Gwent Police but when he left the force took a post with the Police Superintendents’ Association, so also has that wider experience.
I believe a strong Independent candidate with that vital police background would deliver best for Gwent.
As a party Plaid did not believe there was any need for Police Commissioners but the UK Coalition Government decided to press ahead. Every force area will have a Police Commissioner, so I urge people to have their say and vote.
Commissioners will be making massive decisions for our communities in Gwent, tackling issues such as anti-social behaviour, which plagues many areas and drug dealing.
Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales East