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  • "I was expecting a suggested merger of Newport/Torfaen so it's interesting that the proposal is to restore the historic link between Newport and Monmouthshire, even despite the obvious social and demographic differences between the two areas these days.

    A quick bit of adding up of Newport and Monmouthshire's councillor breakdown, based on current wards would give us 93 councillors in the new council: 48 Labour (37 NP 11 M), 29 Conservative (10 NP 19 M), 4 LD (1 NP 3 M) and 12 independents (2 NP, 10 M) (The maths is open to challenge if anyone knows better!)

    The expectation presumably is that this number of councillors would be drastically reduced but it will make the new council a lot more marginal than both separate councils are at the moment, especially with the high number of independents thrown in the mix.

    Interesting but potentially combustive."
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