Neil McEvoy’s new Welsh National Party announced its first political group in Wales on Cardiff Council today.
Four independent Councillors announced they would join and are now members of the Welsh National Party, which was registered in January.
The new group will be led by Cllr Keith Parry, with Cllr Andrea Gibson serving as Deputy Leader. The Group also includes Councillors Lisa Ford and Neil McEvoy AM.
All four were elected to represent Plaid Cymru but after Neil McEvoy was expelled the others announced that they are resigning from the party in October. Cllr Keith Parry was the leader of the Plaid Cymru group.
They said at the time that their decision to leave was motivated by the treatment of Neil McEvoy. The Councillors represent Fairwater and Ely wards in the west of the city where McEvoy intends to stand against First Minister Mark Drakeford in next year’s Senedd elections.
Leader of the Welsh National Party group on Cardiff Council, Keith Parry, said:
“The party is not being officially launched until the 3rd of April but we already have a four-strong group of Councillors in Wales’ capital city,” he said.
“I’m really proud to lead this new group and this team as we push for individual, community and national sovereignty for Wales. We’ll also be putting forward positive proposals for sorting the housing crisis, tackling corruption and ending severe poverty in our city.
“I’ve been politically active for decades and I’m just over the moon that we finally have a party in Wales that will start getting it done for our communities. I’m looking forward to electing other Councillors throughout Wales to join our growing team.”
Neil McEvoy was suspended from Plaid Cymru’s Assembly Group in 2018 and eventually expelled from the party itself.
In January he was suspended as a councillor for four months after a council panel ruled he had bullied a care home worker.