Plaid Cymru has attacked Vale of Glamorgan Labour councillor Chris Elmore who has decided to retain his council seat – despite having been elected as an MP in May this year.
The arrangement means that Elmore (Labour Castleland and now Labour MP for Ogmore) is entitled to receive two salaries from the public purse at the same time – one for being a Vale councillor and the other for being an MP – although Elmore has been quoted as saying he will no longer collect his councillor’s salary.
The Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council has said Elmore’s election as an MP “does not affect his eligibility to serve as a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council”.
Cllr Elmore stepped down the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s so-called ‘cabinet’ when he succeeded Huw Irranca Davies in the safe Labour Parliamentary seat of Ogmore – but did not relinquish his seat on the Vale Council .
Plaid Cymru says Elmore’s dual roles are “most unusual and unfair on residents”.
Vale Councillor Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys) says his party is “not at all happy” with Elmore’s decision to retain both jobs.
Cllr Franks says “It is hard to see with him being based in London – and his address apparently in the Ogmore constituency – how he is serving his ward” [Cllr Elmore’s council ward is Castleland, Barry].
Elmore’s decision to hold both roles has also drawn criticism from Cllr Kevin Mahoney (Independent Sully) and Cllr Richard Bertin (Independent Court Ward Barry) .
In his maiden speech in the House of Commons, Elmore said he looked forward to ensuring that ” the people of Ogmore are always my first priority”.