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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: Collecting signatures
Petition Start Date: 15/05/2019
Open until midday on: 14/06/2019
Principal Petitioner(s) Ifan Morgan Jones


25 most recent signatures

Total signatures: 1233

Name Constituency or Area of residence Date
Stephen Biddiscombe Vale of Glamorgan 24/05/2019
Anonymous Caerphilly 24/05/2019
Siân Richards Cardiff North 23/05/2019
Paul King Vale of Glamorgan 23/05/2019
Bethan Elin Miles Ceredigion 22/05/2019
Helen Kalliope Smith Gogledd Caerdydd 21/05/2019
Adam Bourns Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 21/05/2019
Anna Foster Cardiff West 21/05/2019
Sian Dicks Cardiff South and Penarth 21/05/2019
Phillipa Rees Gower 21/05/2019
Anonymous Swansea East 21/05/2019
Anonymous Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney 21/05/2019
Anonymous Newport East 21/05/2019
Peter Jeremy McKenzie Clwyd South 21/05/2019
Matthew Dicks Cardiff South and Penarth 21/05/2019
Megan Tomos Arfon 21/05/2019
Anonymous Arfon 20/05/2019
Daniel llewellyn Caerphilly 20/05/2019
Anonymous Aberconwy 20/05/2019
lari parc Arfon 20/05/2019
john eryl roberts Caerphilly 20/05/2019
Sam Edwards Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 20/05/2019
Jack Pulman-Slater Preseli Pembrokeshire 20/05/2019
IreneNorman Aberconwy 20/05/2019
Bran Devey Cardiff Central 20/05/2019

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