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Rhondda MP Chris Bryant challenged over language promotion tweet

11 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read

A Chris Bryant tweet promoting bilingualism has sparked questions about his past attitudes towards the Welsh language.

The Labour MP, who is a fluent Spanish speaker, sent out a message about the benefits of learning a second language and how it allows people to ‘see life from another perspective’.

While the general sentiment was overwhelmingly welcomed, questions were also raised about Chris Bryant’s previous opinions about the Welsh language.

During the 2019 General Election campaign, Bryant posted a Facebook video in which he criticised the Plaid candidate, Branwen Cennard, as being ‘obsessed’ with the Welsh language.

He stated: “Here in the Rhondda of course it’s quite specifically about who do we want to be the MP for the Rhondda.

“Who will we have confidence in when they stand up in the chamber of the House of Commons and make that argument for the Rhondda?

“Is it going to be the Plaid candidate, who is obsessed with the language and with independence for Wales?”

He went on to win the Rhondda election with a majority of 11,400 – Branwen Cennard finished in third place, behind the Conservative candidate.

Deletion

Chris Bryant later deleted the video after receiving criticism, particularly from Leanne Wood, for using the Welsh language as a ‘slur’ but declined to issue an apology. Welsh Labour said that he had ‘regretted’ the post.

The Labour MP’s recent tweet also attracted the attention of BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards who responded:

Despite the criticisms of his past attitudes, Chris Bryant has also spoken out in favour of the Welsh language. In 2016, he called for MPs to be allowed to speak Welsh during meetings of the Welsh grand committee.

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Quornby
Quornby
3 months ago

Bryant is taking out Indy insurance. The behaviour of a true sycophant.

hdavies15
hdavies15
3 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

Narcissistic headline grabber. Total waste of space. His opinions may be O.K in Islington but no use here.

Dewi Davies
Dewi Davies
3 months ago

I had the misfortune of bumping into this specimin at his local rugby club (Ferndale) a few years back. What horrible self opinionated arrogant guy. Everything that’s wrong with the Labour Party you can see within him. Not good.

Dafydd
Dafydd
3 months ago

Awful man. I had a difference of opinion on a matter and he blocked me on Facebook.

Frennifawr
Frennifawr
3 months ago

In the same vein as the Kinnocks, Kim Howells, Llew Smith, George Thomas, Leo Abse. Odious politicians lacking principles and for some unknown reason a vitriolic hatred of the language. Thankfully these old labour dinasours’ are on the way out. They are certainly out of step with with majority of Welsh citizens who want to live in a forward looking Wales.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
3 months ago
Reply to  Frennifawr

I couldn’t agree more, though there are some current ones who also have tickets for the never-ending gravy train.

Hannergylch
Hannergylch
3 months ago
Reply to  Frennifawr

I’ve never lived in Chris Bryant’s constituency, but I once phoned his constituency office about a UK matter that falls within the remit of a parliamentary select committee that he sits on. His constituency admin person was thoroughly conscientious, making an effort to understand the problem and whether or not it was within the remit of that particular committee. But I never heard back from Chris Bryant himself, so I’ve got no way of knowing whether he disagreed that his select committee should be looking into it or he just couldn’t be bothered. Parliamentary select committees are essential in a… Read more »

Stephen John Owen
Stephen John Owen
3 months ago

So he thinks bilingualism is a good idea if one of the languages is Spanish but not if it is Welsh, very hypocritical and typical of so many anti-Welsh politicians.

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