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We need greater representation; Views of Wales.

SIR - Gareth Davies hits the nail on the head ("New jobs should be spread around more", WM letters, December 11).

His main point was "capital cities benefit financially far more than the rest of the country". This is true; capital cities are the centres of power.

This is known as the north/south divide and conforms to the rules of peripheral neglect. That is an area's wealth and prosperity or poverty and deprivation are in proportion to its distance from a major decision making centre. In the UK there is only London and although Wales has some decision making power it is Cardiff centric.

The reality is that Wales' so called poverty is because of our distance from London. At present, London has 73 MPs compared to our 40. The Government proposes to make constituencies the same size so Wales will lose a quarter of its MPs.

This will make the north/south divide even worse. Remote areas need a greater representation not a lesser one.

Under the proposed changes London, also with an Assembly, could end up with twice as many MPs as Wales. That is ridiculous and has to be resisted.

Neil Taylor Rhyl

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 14, 2015
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