Penarth Assembly Member Andrew R T Davies – the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives – has dissociated himself from an internal row going on within Plaid Cymru – involving that party’s former leader Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas
From a sedentary position, Lord Elis Thomas – who last year resigned from Plaid Cymru and now attends the Assembly as an Independent – is alleged to have called other Plaid Cymru members in the Assembly Chamber “that bunch of right-wing shits”.
The alleged comment couldn’t be picked up microphones in the chamber of the so-called “Senedd” but it has apparently caused considerable offence to Plaid Cymru AMs – who, it would seem, object to being described as “right-wing”. Some may also have been disappointed that Lord Elis Thomas made the alleged comment in English rather than in Welsh.
Adam Price of Plaid Cymru has now written to the so-called “Llywydd” [ i.e. presiding officer] Elin Jones – asking her to intervene and determine whether the comment is “in keeping with parliamentary language”.
Price also said that when Lord Elis Thomas allegedly made the off-colour remark, Andrew R T Davies (Conservative AM for South Wales Central which includes Penarth) was sitting in front of him. Price went on to claim that Mr Davies had confirmed to him that he had heard the phrase which is alleged to have been uttered.
However, now Andrew R T Davies has issued a statement dissociating himself from Adam Price’s remarks and saying ” I am incredibly disappointed that Adam Price has chosen to associate my name with what is essentially an internal spat between the Plaid Cymru Group and its former leader. Adam Price’s unwarranted use of my name in respect of this event is the height of bad protocol, and something from which I wish to disassociate myself entirely.”
Mr Davies says “With an internal war still raging within the Plaid Cymru Group, I would appreciate it if I could be left out of any future spats they choose to embroil themselves in.”
Meanwhile the Commission of the Welsh Assembly has confirmed that it has received a formal complaint about what was allegedly said by Lord Elis Thomas and that Lord Elis Thomas has been asked to comment.