Neil McEvoy appeals suspension from Plaid Cymru Assembly group

Neil McEvoy AM

Neil McEvoy AM has confirmed that he has appealed his suspension from the Plaid Cymru group in the National Assembly.

Plaid Cymru’s AMs voted unanimously to suspend the South Wales Central AM last month.

Under Plaid Cymru standing orders, an Assembly Member suspended from the Assembly group can make an appeal to the party’s National Executive Committee to be reinstated.

The National Executive Committee will hear Mr McEvoy’s appeal on the 18th of November.

Neil McEvoy AM said: “I have made an appeal to Plaid Cymru’s National Executive Committee to be reinstated to the National Assembly group. I’ve also informed the Chair, the Chief Executive and the Assembly group’s Chief Whip of my decision.

“Through this appeal I hope to make a positive return to the Plaid Cymru group.”

Plaid Cymru’s conference will be taking place in Galeri, Caernarfon this Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21st.

‘Respect’

Party leader Leanne Wood had accused Neil McEvoy of undermining the party’s unity when he was suspended last month.

In a letter to party members, she said: “As we embark on a new term in the Senedd, the work of our Assembly group is more important than ever.

“The Labour Welsh Government’s poor record of running our public services requires intense scrutiny and the case must be made for protecting our nation from the UK Government’s damaging EU Withdrawal Bill.

“Unity and mutual respect within the Group are crucial factors if we are to carry out this work with success and fulfil our duty to the people of Wales. It is true, however, that the past few months have seen those values undermined.

“That is why, today, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend Neil McEvoy AM from the Plaid Cymru Assembly Group for clearly breaching rules he and all Group members had signed up to regarding our expected conduct as Plaid Cymru AMs and representatives of the party.

“His breach of numerous Assembly group standing orders and our agreed Code of Conduct has caused distraction and disruption.

“As leader, I cannot allow elected members to act in a way which is detrimental to the party.

“We are a party and most importantly, a team. It is my duty not to allow behaviour which undermines its unity and integrity.

“I now look forward to the Assembly Group being able to move on strong and united, fully focused on the task of holding the Labour Government to account and offering people effective representation at every level in all parts of Wales.”

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