Independent Assembly Member Neil McEvoy has registered a new party called the Welsh National Party.
The new party was registered on the 15th of January, according to the Electoral Commission.
Neil McEvoy, who was originally elected for Plaid Cymru to represent the South Wales Central region before being expelled in 2017, is listed as the party’s leader.
“I confirm that we have registered the Welsh National Party. Exciting news will follow in the near future,” Neil McEvoy told Nation.Cymru.
The Welsh translation of the party is Plaid Genedlaethol Cymru. The party registration also includes three images – one an outline of Wales and two of the Welsh dragon.
Neil McEvoy is expected to challenge First Minister Mark Drakeford in the Cardiff West constituency at the next Welsh Assembly election in May of next year. The new party is registered to an address in the constituency.
Assembly Member Neil McEvoy withdrew his application to re-join Plaid Cymru in July of last year.
He cited an “absence of natural justice” and “due process” as the reasons behind the move.
Plaid Cymru’s AMs voted to suspend the South Wales Central AM in October 2017.