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Plaid Cymru councillor caught swearing in meeting after not realising his microphone was on

25 May 2022 3 minute read
Dorian Phillips

Richard Youle, local democracy reporter

A Carmarthenshire councillor has referred himself to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales after an expletive-laden outburst during a council training seminar.

Plaid Cymru’s Dorian Phillips didn’t realise his computer microphone was on when he swore during the virtual meeting.

Other councillors were said to be shocked to hear the words: “F***ing swallow that you f***ers” coming from him.

Carmarthenshire Labour leader Rob James has called on Plaid to remove the whip from Cllr Phillips, claiming that his comment was aimed at opposition councillors.

The profanity was uttered just after a council officer had explained at the seminar that around 95% of council decisions were made by the cabinet – the ruling executive body which doesn’t have any Labour representation.

Cllr Phillips said this wasn’t the case and that his comment was made during a business call he took during the seminar.

His remark prompted newly-elected Labour councillor Shelly Godfrey-Coles – one of those at the meeting – to ask Cllr Phillips to apologise.

Cllr James has now called on Plaid, which runs the council in coalition with the Independents, to suspend Cllr Phillips and ensure he made a full apology.

“This is truly appalling behaviour from an elected councillor and has really upset a number of councillors in attendance,” said Cllr James.

Alleging the language was directed at opposition councillors Cllr James said it flew in the face of comments made by the new council leader, Plaid councillor Darren Price, of wanting to work with political opponents.


Cllr Phillips, who has represented Llanboidy since 2017, said: “I cannot deny that I used profane language but it was not directed to anyone at the meeting.”

He said he was viewing the seminar on Zoom in his business office and that during the course of it he’d had to deal with a business call “which became very heated [and] in which colourful language was used”.

He added: “I was horrified to learn that my microphone was turned on and the impression given that I was addressing the meeting. That was certainly not the case and I had no reason to do so.”

Cllr Phillips said on being told what had happened he immediately spoke to the council’s monitoring officer and, on their advice, referred himself to the ombudsman – a move also undertaken by Labour.

He said: “I deeply regret that this happened and I’m dismayed it should be seen as being directed at fellow councillors.”

Cllr Phillips added that all councillors who knew him knew he behaved with “complete respect” to all elected members.

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Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 year ago

Wow a councillor swears – the world as we know it is coming to an end lol (im sure all the electors in his ward swear on occasions to and wont be remotely shocked or offended). But i dont recall Labour’s Rob James calling for Labour’s Vaughan Gething to be suspended when he was caught swearing about one of his Senedd colleagues 🤔

Last edited 1 year ago by Leigh Richards
1 year ago

Yeah so what? I’ve done hundreds of Teams and Zoom meetings and sometimes people swear. Sometimes it’s quite effusive or awkward too. And you know what? Nobody died!
But then nobody lied either “Oh I was on another call which got heated”.
Politicians truly are pathetic. If your delicate ears are offended by a swear then you are probably too sensitive to be effective at your job and should probably fu

1 year ago
Reply to  Cynan

^ Downvoted ? Did my trifle of a post offend some sensitive flower?

1 year ago

Much better to swear than to spout a pack of lies

1 year ago

“c***u colomenod diawl”

Chris Franks
Chris Franks
1 year ago

This is a news item?

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