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“.
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”.