Assembly Member Neil McEvoy has branded the Llywydd’s response to his secret recording of the Standards Commissioner “ridiculous” after she announced that the Senedd would be swept for bugs.
“I’m not the KGB,” he said in a press conference today, and added that he had used his phone to record the conversations.
“The reaction of the Llywydd is ridiculous, saying she wants the whole Assembly estate swept for bugs. Jesus! I’m just an Assembly Member.
“I’ve been open, I’ve not denied anything. This is the device. This is the device that recorded matters. And I’m astonished they never saw it.”
The Senedd’s Standards Commissioner, Sir Roderick Evans QC, resigned yesterday after revealing that himself and members of his staff have been secretly recorded by Neil McEvoy.
McEvoy then sent a transcript of some of the recordings to journalists, saying that they proved that Roderick Evans was sexist and biased.
Speaking in the Siambr today, Llywydd Elin Jones said that the “covert recording of private conversations on the Assembly estate is a serious breach of trust”.
“On the matter of covert recordings, South Wales police have been asked to investigate how such recordings were made and their legality.
“A search of the Senedd estate for recording devices starting with meeting rooms and other commonly used areas is already underway.
“I advise Neil McEvoy to be quiet and to listen to me at this point,” she said when he interrutped.
Roderick Evans had been investigating Mr McEvoy on three counts, including the use of £5,000 for office building work.
“I want to be the last Welsh Assembly member facing anonynmous complaints,” Neil McEvoy said at the press conference.
“I want to be the last Welsh Assembly Member facing made-up, fictitious statements submitted anonymously so there is no way of seeking redress.
“There is no way to scrutinise things that are said anonymously.”
Roderick Evans resigned saying that “conversations with my staff about a variety of highly confidential and sensitive matters have been secretly, and possibly illegally, recorded”.
“When considering and investigating complaints it is necessary for me and my staff to have open and frank discussions about the complaints, the appropriate approach to them, and their implications.
“I thank my staff for their support during the last three years, but I therefore ask you to accept my resignation.”
Llywydd Elin Jones said yesterday she had begun the process of of appointing an acting Commissioner to undertake the Standards Commissioner’s work.