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e-Petition: Stop regional AMs elected to represent specific parties from defecting

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The Welsh Assembly now has legal power over its own electoral system. We call on the National Assembly for Wales to stop Members on the regional list from switching political parties. When voting on the regional list, voters choose political parties rather than individuals. Under the present rules, however, Members elected on the regional list can voluntarily switch parties.

During previous Assembly terms, this was of little consequence, but in the last three years, multiple Assembly Members have made a mockery of the institution by declaring themselves independent or switching parties. One Assembly Member has now represented three different political parties during the lifetime of the Assembly term, and another declared herself independent within days of being inaugurated as an AM. There is no democratic mandate for this. It means that a third of the Senedd has little accountability to the electorate, who did not vote for them but voted for the party they originally represented. The rules should be changed so that, if an Assembly Member on the list voluntarily decides to change his or her political affiliation, he or she vacates their seat as an AM and the next candidate for that political party on the regional list takes his or her place. In order to prevent abuse of the system, any candidate involuntarily expelled from their group should be able to remain as an independent AM but should not be allowed to join another party.

This petition notes with regret that this change may further cement the perception that regional AMs are 'second class citizens' within the Assembly. However, we feel that this problem is inherent to the two-tier additional member system and is, in this case, the lesser of two evils compared with the way the current rules allow for the electoral process to be undermined.

This petition suggests that the Welsh Parliament and Elections (Wales) Bill be amended to include the changes mentioned above.

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Petition details

Petition Status: Currently being considered by the Committee
Petition Start Date: 15/05/2019
Open until midday on: 14/06/2019


Petition Signatories

Total signatures: 1301

Name Constituency or Area of residence Date
Aled Jones Gogledd Caerdydd 14/06/2019
Albert Jeffrey Vaughan Bridgend 14/06/2019
Anonymous Cardiff North 14/06/2019
Gareth Owen Dwyfor Meirionnydd 14/06/2019
Bethan Jones Parry Dwyfor Meirionnydd 14/06/2019
Huw Jones Cardiff North 14/06/2019
Andrew Walton Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire 14/06/2019
Siân Esmor Rees Arfon 14/06/2019
Dyfrig Wynn Jones Arfon 14/06/2019
Jane Marshall Newport East 14/06/2019
Dwynwen Berry Aberconwy 14/06/2019
Rhys Wynne Gorllewin Caerdydd 13/06/2019
Gareth Jones Cardiff West 13/06/2019
Meinir Huws Gorllewin Clwyd 13/06/2019
Jack Dunne Swansea West 13/06/2019
KAREN MORGAN Cynon Valley 13/06/2019
Jack Knight Swansea West 13/06/2019
Lucy Williams Clwyd West 13/06/2019
Hywel Couch Cardiff Central 13/06/2019
Guto Hughes Clwyd West 13/06/2019
Paul Stepczak Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney 13/06/2019
Philip bowyer Monmouth 13/06/2019
Seann Sykes Vale of Clwyd 13/06/2019
Anonymous Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 13/06/2019
David Eccles Cardiff West 13/06/2019

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