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    Manley wrote:
    It doesn't make any sense to me to merge an urban authority with a very rural authority. I can't see that it will generate the greatest cost savings.

    What I would have preferred to see would be the merger of Newport with Torfaen (and separately the merger of Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent).
    The clue lies in that very thing, I recall boundary changes some years ago that saw a area of Birkenhead split, which instantly gave the Tory party domain over what had been a solid Labour pair of wards.

    One half of a very large council estate was coupled to more affluent areas, situated on both flanks of that estate, the result was as the electorate of the estate became divided, the larger affluent areas were able to ensure a Tory majorty despite the almost total Labour nature of the estate.

    Or to make clear my point, Newport being a Labour city, may well find itself 'lost' to Conservative majorities when Mon becomes the major part .

    The Tories stated they wanted to gerrymander the boundaries, to ensure they retained a overall majority, but were stymied by the City and general urban areas which stubbornly remained left wing, their means to the end being, to redefine boundaries, thereby to make sure they got what they have always desired.

    In the case of south east Wales, they scrunch up the solid Labour constituencies, mainly in the valleys, whilst at the same time eroding Labour influence in the more lucrative places, as they couple the likes of Newport to a more right wing region such as Monmouthshire.."
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