Plans to call the Welsh Assembly a “Parliament” have been dropped – in favour of the term “Senedd” . However this now creates complications for elected members.

The Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, Stephen Doughty, has jumped into the controversy over the proposed re-naming of the Welsh Assembly – and the consequent acronym which would be applied to Assembly Members.

It’s been announced that a proposal to re-name the Welsh Assembly as The Welsh Parliament” has been dropped following  the realisation that  members would then be called – for short – “MWPs [ i.e. Members of the Welsh Parliament ]

It was felt that acronym “MWP.”  might have brought further derision and ridicule on the institution.  It’s therefore now been decided that – subject to a vote by members (who are still called “AMs” for the time being)  – as from 2020 the Welsh Assembly should be referred to only by its Welsh name – “Senedd“.

Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth uses both the established acronyms “MP” and “AS” and says the proposed change would be “v confusing”

Using the Welsh word “Senedd” for the Assembly however, now gives rise to further complications  because the Welsh for a Member of the Senedd is “Aelod Seneddol” – and gives rise to the acronym “A.S.”.

Unfortunately “A.S.” is the same Welsh acronym which is also applied to Members of the UK Parliament – raising potential confusion,  in Welsh,  as to who is an MP,  and who is a member of the Senedd. [ MPs were once allowed to be simultaneously members of the Senedd – but that kind of “double-jobbing” is no longer permitted.] 

On Twitter MP Stephen Doughty has let it be known that the use of the Welsh acronym “A.S.”  would be “very confusing”.

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  1. Pip says:

    Doughty – happy to pipe up about a silly acronym, but silence regarding the state of the Welsh economy, health service, potentially harmful sludge being dumped off the coastline, the continued slump in education, lack of infrastructure development…..

    • Philip Rapier says:

      This assertion on who has priority on the use of A.S. demonstrates ignorance of the facts of Welsh History. and is insulting
      The Senedd should be free to choose whatever style they wish without interference from self important, increasingly Politically impotent, Colonialists at Westminster.
      OK let’s have a History Lesson.(this is first year in Comp stuff so MPs may struggle with this)
      The Welsh are massacred for attempting to have a voice after Owain Glyndwr sets up a Welsh Parliament at Machynlleth.
      This is long before Oliver Cromwell’s bloody but somewhat useful reforms in favour of the Common Man.
      Oliver Cromwell’s statue is outside Westminster. Fact he is of Welsh descent.
      Real name Oliver ap Williams descendant of a family from Llanishen

  2. Christopher -David says:

    The Huffer Puffers continue to show the façade of narcistic inferior complex syndrome they deserve. WMP eh heh.

  3. Ocobblepot says:

    “very confusing” …. “very confusing”. What… I find it very, confusing what these people actually do ….. I take it that they are paid for doing something …. I don`t see them doing anything.

  4. Jed says:

    More concerned by what they’re called than by what they can do !

  5. penarthblog says:

    Could they be called senators?

  6. Frank Evans says:

    I agree Welsh is very confusing.
    Maybe we could save a fortune if everything was just in English.🤔

  7. Big Davey says:

    Welsh Indiginous Members of Parliament = WIMPs

  8. snoggerdog says:

    P.D.N. i find it confusing when you start a word,then dont finish it .e.g. as

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