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Plaid Cymru leadership ‘accepting xenophobia within its ranks,’ claim

18 Oct 2022 2 minute read
Council leader Sean Morgan, who had made a complaint about opposition leader, Cllr Lindsay Whittle, has accused Plaid Cymru of accepting xenophobia within its ranks.

Rhiannon James, Local Democracy Reporter

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s leader has accused Plaid Cymru leadership of accepting xenophobia within its ranks.

A complaint against the council’s opposition leader, Cllr Lindsay Whittle, is being investigated by Plaid Cymru officials.

On August 31, council leader Sean Morgan wrote to Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price.

He questioned whether Cllr Whittle should remain as Caerphilly’s Plaid Cymru group leader due to his engagement with an anti-English social media post by a fellow party member.

Cllr Whittle, who represents Penyrheol, had reacted with a love heart to Cllr Jon Scriven’s – now viral – Facebook post.

In the letter, Cllr Morgan said: “I would suggest that Cllr Whittle, as a long-standing councillor and former assembly member, should have known that endorsing such a post would likely bring his actions into question.

“Can I therefore ask you; Do you endorse these actions by Cllr Whittle? If you do not, are you going to be taking any actions against him, or are you happy to have such a person leading a council group under the Plaid Cymru banner?”

Following a lack of response from the party leader, Cllr Morgan made the letter public on September 28.

He said: “As the Plaid Cymru leadership now seems to accept xenophobia within its ranks, I will now make this an open letter as it may be of some public interest.”

Mr Price responded to the letter within two hours of its publication, and confirmed that Cllr Morgan’s complaint against Cllr Whittle would go through the party’s membership, discipline and standards process.

Plaid Cymru has refused to comment on Cllr Whittle’s current position in the party.

A spokesperson for the party did state that the investigation into Cllr Scriven was still ongoing.

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1 year ago

Bit rich for any Labour “politician” to engage in this kind of criticism of any other person. That party needs to clean out its own stables first and that will be a very big long term project

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1 year ago

I find it curious how Labour councillor Sean Morgan claims Plaid Cymru tolerates xenophobia in its ranks when his party are notorious. May I remind him that it’s unwise to throw stones in a glass house when his Labour party has a huge problem still with racism & xenophobia, especially towards Muslim & ethic minorities members of the Labour party as reported in the “Labour Files” documentary.

1 year ago

Didn’t Labour oust Mr Corbyn on fake charges of anti Semitism to install Starmer, who then ejected real socialists from its ranks? For real Naughtism and its results, see DC blogger Jacob Dreizen’s site, but do not access if you are of a nervous disposition.

Last edited 1 year ago by Ihumphrys

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