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Only 32% of Welsh people support the expansion of the National Assembly for Wales


Published Apr 17, 2018

A poll conducted in March revealed that only 32% of Welsh people support the proposed expansion of the National Assembly for Wales.

In light of these findings, UKIP Wales Leader Neil Hamilton has called for a referendum, while Gareth Bennett AM characterised the ongoing Assembly-backed public consultation on expansion as, “a political scam to hoodwink the Welsh public into accepting more AMs by stealth”.

The poll, undertaken by independent pollsters Opinium, and commissioned by UKIP Wales Leader Neil Hamilton AM and Gareth Bennett AM, asked a weighted sample of the Welsh public about the proposed expansion.

The poll revealed that 42% of respondents opposed the expansion, while 26% said that they didn’t know what to think of it. Opinions among the 32% who support it are split between those who support expansion from 60 to 80 members (19%), and those who support an increase to 90 (13%).

UKIP Wales Leader Neil Hamilton commented:

“This poll shows that the Welsh people do not support Assembly expansion. UKIP will oppose any and all attempts by the Cardiff Bay establishment to expand their political fiefdom. We are the only party to oppose expansion of the National Assembly and I am calling for a referendum on the proposals. The people of Wales must have their say!”

Gareth Bennett AM for South Wales Central added:

“Wales has the poorest economy of any UK nation, the worst performing health system, and an education system that is failing our children, but the political establishment wants to talk about creating more jobs for their cronies. The so-called ‘public consultation’ by the Assembly is a political scam to hoodwink the Welsh public into accepting more AMs by stealth. It’s not going to work and it isn’t going to happen without a referendum.”

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