Cllr Nick Hodges (Plaid Cymru Baruc Ward Barry) standing to speak in the meeting of the  full Vale of Glamorgan Council at which he later made the remarks complained of.

It’s now emerged that Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Nick Hodges ( Plaid Cymru  Baruc Ward Barry)  – whom the council had announced earlier this week had been “censured” – is  alleged to have made “homophobic comments “.

Initially the Vale Council had not publicly given any reason for the action taken against Cllr Hodges but now the full details of the matter have leaked out into the public domain.

Cllr Leighton Rowlands (Conservative Dyfan Ward) – who made the complaint

Cllr Nick Hodges (Plaid Cymru Baruc Ward)

A complaint was made against Cllr Hodges by a Conservative Vale Councillor Cllr Leighton Rowlands .

[Cllr Hodges is  a Vale Councillor and is also Mayor of Barry.  Cllr Rowlands – is Deputy Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan ].

Cllr Rowlands has now called on Plaid Leader Leanne Wood to investigate the alleged comments – which are said to have been made during a councillors’ training session on equalities –  and in a meeting of the full Vale of Glamorgan Council  in September.

Cllr Rowlands had alleged that in the training session – in which the possibility of compiling  a list of list of people in the council who were gay or lesbian was suggested – Cllr Hodges had allegedly whispered to Cllr Rowlands “I don’t want a list of people and I’m sure you don’t want to be on a list” . That complaint by Cllr Rowlands  against Cllr Hodges was dismissed by the independent inquiry (see adjudication below). It was found that “there was no basis to this aspect of the complaint”.

The first of two complaints by gay Councillor Leighton Rowlands against Cllr Hodges was dismissed

In the second allegation  Cllr Rowlands had claimed that in September’s full council meeting, when a member was challenging an assertion about the number of gay MPs and AMs in the Conservative Party, Cllr Hodges had allegedly called out “Are you asking for volunteers?”

As reported yesterday by  PDN, Cllr Hodges was “censured ” for making this remark following what the Vale Council described as “two Stage 3 hearings which took place before an Independent Member of the Standards Committee.

A council statement added that “Low Level Allegations of Breaches of the Members’ Code of Conduct are dealt with in accordance with the Local Dispute Resolution Procedure. In this instance there was found to be a basis to the complaints and Councillor Hodges has been censured.”

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood is being asked to investigate the matter

Cllr Rowlands –  Deputy Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan –  has said :-  “It was really disheartening to hear a fellow councillor making such disparaging comments, and I think that the Leader of Plaid Cymru should consider whether there is a place for remarks of that nature in Plaid Cymru. It’s tough to open up about such a personal aspect of my life on such a public platform – but I made the decision to do so because I thought we’d moved on from such ignorance.It only goes to show the challenges we still in the LGBTQ* community in 2017.”

Cllr Rowlands went on to say in his statement “I know that the great majority of Barry residents have a much more accepting and progressive attitude towards homosexuality. It is a shame that an elected Councillor has failed to show that same respect.”

[* PDN Note : LGBTQ is an a recently-enlarged acronym which now adds the letter “Q” (standing for an adjective which was previously regarded as objectionable – “Queer“) to the previously better-known shorter acronym of “LBGT” . The full LBGTQ acronym is now recognised as standing for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer” and is “used to designate a community of people whose sexual or gender identities can create shared political and social concerns”] .

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  1. Mark Foster says:

    “It’s tough to open up about such a personal aspect of my life on such a public platform”

    Candidates for public office should be required by law to declare whether they are heterosexual or homosexual. The electorate has a right to know this about their prospective representatives. It should be illegal for the British media including the BBC to propagandise homosexuality, especially to children.

    You British desperately need a leader who will remove the democratic Tory and Labour parties and restore honour to your public life.

    • John Billabong says:

      It is not the public’s right to know the sexuality of political candidates and nor is it in the public interest to learn this information (so the media can butt out too). I don’t care what an adult gets up to with other consenting adults in the privacy of his or her own home (or in Turkish baths, hot tubs at the cricket club etc). Hopefully we can get to a place in society where people don’t feel the need to wear their sexuality like a badge of honour because there are no longer prejudiced people out there making life painful for young people learning to cope with who they are.

      • Penileaks says:

        ‘Hot tubs at the Cricket Club’ eh ?
        I always thought of Cricket as generally a rather a boring game, but obviously I was missing the point completely, it seems that Apres Cricket is where all the action is !

    • Claire says:

      Just a note to anyone thinking about replying to this with anger. Don’t bother. For those that don’t know ‘Marin Foster’ makes remarkable like this regularly just for the attention. Don’t bother replying. However, I am surprised that the editor allows comments like this

      • Chris David says:

        Who’s Marin and what’s remarkable like? Editor allows free speech- c’mon he lets you meander on in flights of non-factual wanderings luv. You’ve been mentioned in despatches – again elsewhere 🙂 Try to stick to the issues- in this case an outing of what our feckless “leaders” get up to in wasting OUR time.

      • Mark Foster says:

        Oh Keep Up, Christophe. Martin Foster has come out as gay and Marin is a German girl’s name. This Pommy Sheila is actually making an abstruse reference, although I’m betting she’s too uninformed to realise it.

      • Mark Foster says:

        Can you please delete the last comment about Martin Foster has come out as gay. It should read Mark Foster has come out as gay. Thanks

  2. Chris David says:

    Hells Bell’s is this what those crazy numbskulls waste our money on! Equality training!- complaints about schoolboy “humour” with at least a three stage process to ascertain the PC-fullness of a whisper, no doubt a committee a control board and a wise sage somewhere to pontificate on expenses. Oh and headmistress L-Wood to be called in. Grow up and get on with something important. Like training to work out a meals on wheels budget or saving our environment from raging fires and bulldozers. Arrggg,

  3. John Billabong says:

    I know nothing of this story except what’s published above. The man who made the complained is openly gay, as his statement says. And so given that he’s chosen to make his sexuality public information, is it offensive that the Plaid Cymru councillor suggested that a list wasn’t a good idea (he’s right, it’s a stupid one!) and suggested furthermore that the openly gay councillor probably wouldn’t want to be on such a list. I don’t see the problem with this unless the comment was made in a nasty manner.

    • Mark Foster says:

      You need to take a walk through some Billabongs in the Northern Territory in March old cock. LOL.

  4. snoggerdog says:

    bit early for snowdrops isnt it .what did you call me! neh neh neh neh neh.

  5. The Tax payer says:

    Some people are blessed with all the right cards to play in life. And some are not ? 😂

  6. aledrobertt says:

    The comment made by Cllr Nic isn’t homophobic in my opinion. He probably said that comment to protect him from being on a list of lgbtq people. Having a list of lgbtq people isn’t a good idea. But if a person is being bullied because of their sexuality then it is important to openly discuss about it and to make sure that a situation doean’t make the individual vulnerable. It is important not to discriminate against lgbtq+ people though or disabled people in general but having a list won’t protect them.

  7. Chris David says:

    Not that I want to waste any time on this childish nonsense but the inference here could be misconstrued that LGBTQ people are disabled? There are important things to focus on and playground whispers aren’t one of them. They’ll have people up in a charge for dissing someone’s hair do or loud blouse next. Take this “Low Level Allegations of Breaches of the Members’ Code of Conduct are dealt with in accordance with the Local Dispute Resolution Procedure” What! Oh and equality training! are they that thick! Meanwhile Barry burns.

  8. Penileaks says:

    Quite what all this fuss is about, is hard to see.
    Cllr Rowlands is obviously a ‘Snowflake’, as mentioned in another post and will take offence at comments that don’t even warrant a second thought.
    I really do not care what sexuality, race, religion or colour anyone is, but I would like them to have a sense of what is generally considered as offensive and what is not and not to go into such a tiz over something so minor.
    As for this promotion of the gay community, some are making a laughing stock of themselves as a group.
    First it was Lesbian and Gay (LG). Then this got expanded to Lesbian, Gay and Transgender (LGT). Then we had Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT). Moving on we got Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ). This has now been yet further expanded to Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA).
    This list grows by the month, so may I suggest that we include an H for Hetrosexual, a D for Disabled, a B for Blondes and another for Black people, a T for tall people, etc, etc, etc., and then we could include everyone and everyone would be able to upset everyone else by saying anything about anybody.
    Perhaps we could cut out the ABC tags and just call us all The Alphabet People and we would immediately know who we were talking about – everybody !

    • John Powell says:

      Or maybe the original LGB has been taken over by the other letters –
      I read somewhere that some universities have expelled the G bit for being too well accepted now!

      • Penileaks says:

        It will probably go full circle eventually and simply return to G for Gay only. It would be much simpler and better understood by most !
        As for expelling things from universities, perhaps they should start with clearing out all those vastly overpaid Chancellors and Vice Chancellors for a start, but that’s another discussion I suppose.
        P.S. Please include C and VC in the next version of LGBTQIA. Ta.

    • Chris David says:

      Now that’s very good- should be easy to find 26 easily offended attention seekers.

      • Penileaks says:

        And in turn provide full time employment for the Local Dispute Resolution Procedure people.
        Win, win situation really, everyone gets included by the ‘Alphabet People’ acronym and it gives full time employment to some civil servants who currently have little to do !

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