Welsh Tories complain about Llywydd’s Senedd flag ban
The Welsh Tories have complained about the Llywydd’s decision to ban the displaying of flags in the Senedd.
Elin Jones imposed the order after Janet Finch-Saunders, the Conservative Senedd member for Aberconwy, asked Welsh Government Minister for Finance, Rebecca Evans a question on Zoom with a Union Jack in the background.
The Llywydd said she’d noticed a “proliferation of flag flying” and even jokingly threatened to fly the flag of the “Independent Tropical Republic of Ceredigion” if it continued.
The Welsh Conservatives have described the move as “bizarre” and insisted that there is “nothing wrong” with Senedd members having “flags on display”.
Laura Anne Jones also had a British flag on display in the Senedd, which also had the face of the Monarch on it. She flew the Welsh flag too.
A Welsh Conservative spokesperson told BBC Wales: “This is a bizarre intervention from the presiding officer.
“There should be nothing wrong with Members of the Senedd displaying Welsh or British flags in their office. Indeed, the Senedd has such flags on display.
“Rather than policing members’ backdrops, it would be more helpful if the presiding officer expended energy ensuring government ministers addressed the Welsh Parliament first on issues such as lockdown restrictions, rather than the media and that they show respect to Senedd members by showing up on time.”
Elin Jones said: “Can I just say that I’ve noticed a tendency for a proliferation of flag flying behind members on Zoom this week.
“It looks as if the R rate on flags is greater than 1 at the moment. Therefore, from next week, no more flags.
“Otherwise, I’ll be tempted to fly the flag of the Independent Tropical Republic of Ceredigion behind me here. So, we move on to a flagless week next week please.”
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