Wales “a region of England” on the Westminster Elections website

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The webpage which lists Wales as a region of England and (right) Westminster

Wales is a region of England, according to a Westminster webpage archiving the 2019 general election results.

Visiting a page showing election results data for Wales in 2019, readers are greeted with a message saying it “shows general election results for Wales, which is a region of England” .

The webpage includes data such as vote share by party, party results and changes, and seats won by party.

The error appears to be a bug because when Wales is chosen from other parts of the website it is listed as “a country of Great Britain”. However, when accessed directly by searching Google for ‘Wales general election results 2019’, the first option offered a page where it is described as a ‘region’.

Scotland also has two web pages, one describing it as a region and the other as a country.

The mistake was discovered by Welsh poet Meirion McIntyre Hughes and prompted an angry reaction on his social media feed.

Einir Kirkwood described it as “incredible and shameful”.

Another user suggested that the bug was caused by web designers “dealing with default England somehow”.

Others tagged the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and asked him to change the website.


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