Wefan Gymraeg

Have your say on Assembly Electoral Reform

Make your thoughts known on the recommendations of the expert panel for Assembly Reform, led by Prof. Laura McAllister. You can also meet Professor McAllister at Spring Conference, where she'll be appearing at a fringe event discussing the report.

Before Christmas, Prof. Laura McAllister published the report of the expert panel on Assembly Electoral Reform which she chaired. Some of the report's key recommendations were to:
  • Have between 80 and 90 Assembly Members.
  • Use Single Transferable Vote to elect Assembly Members.
  • Give additional weighting to voters in specific parts of Wales, for example on the basis of the distance from Cardiff Bay, rurality or deprivation, allowing those areas greater representation.
  • Integrate gender quotas into the electoral system to ensure gender balance.
  • Allow Assembly Members to job share.
  • Reduce the voting age to 16 for Assembly elections.

Some of the recomendations are things that the Welsh Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for for many years, others members may feel are more controversial.

The Assembly's Presiding Officer, Elin Jones AM, is keen to hear the views of people from across Wales. Party members are invited to respond to the consultation which she launched following the report.

The Assembly has set up a very easy to use website where you can give your views on reforming the Assembly. Please spend a few minutes giving your feedback. The deadline is Friday 6 April.

Give your views on Assembly Electoral Reform


We're pleased to announce that Prof. Laura McAllister will be joining us for a fringe event at our Spring Conference where she will explain the reasons behind the report's findings and take questions.

We'd like to invite you to join Laura for what we're sure will be a robust debate.

The fringe is being hosted by Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre, and will take place at lunchtime on Saturday 14 April at the Village Hotel, Coryton, Cardiff. You must be registered for the conference to attend.

Register for the Conference and join us at the fringe


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