Audio: Neil McEvoy speaks to Nation.Cymru about his expulsion from Plaid
Neil McEvoy still doesn’t know why he has been expelled from the Plaid Cymru group at the Assembly, he told Nation.Cymru in an audio interview that can be listed to above.
The Assembly Member for south Wales central was permanently expelled from the Plaid Cymru assembly group yesterday.
“What is really frustrating for me is that away from the bubble in Cadiff Bay the party in Cardiff is thriving,” he said.
“We’re being actively prevented from campaigning for Plaid Cymru by this nonsense, really.
“What we have is a culture of anonymous allegations, anonymous briefings, that are destroying people’s reputations.”
A spokesperson from Plaid Cymru told the BBC that “his ongoing behaviour has left assembly member colleagues feeling undermined and demoralised”.
“As was stated at the time, Neil McEvoy was suspended for breaching standing orders and the Group’s Code of Conduct through unacceptable behaviour.”
A statement from Plaid Cymru Cardiff West, however, said that they still “fully support Neil McEvoy” as their Assembly Member and considered him “a valued member of Plaid Cymru”.
Responding to the announcement yesterday Neil McEvoy sayd that he felt “real regret” at being “forced out” of the Plaid Cymru group.
“I was elected to be a Plaid Cymru Assembly Member after votes from thousands of people who wanted me to not do politics as usual,” he said.
“My focus has always been on holding the Labour government to account and it will continue to be so. I’ve never been interested in fighting with my own colleagues.
“Democracy in Wales is broken and Labour is the party that broke it. But I firmly believe that Plaid Cymru is the party who can fix it.
“We need to bring in more working class and diverse people into our party. We need to help the people who have never considered voting for Plaid Cymru before. That’s what I’ve tried to do.
“I’ll keep representing those people who have been left behind and given up on politicians.
“We’re not all the same. There are people who really care. I grew up on an estate in Cardiff and I made it to the Assembly. I hope that inspires people to know that anything is possible.
“Politics is about ideas but it’s also about personalities. We don’t always get along but there is always the bigger picture.
“Wales is a great country. It needs a great government and I’m going to keep doing all I can to make sure we get one.”