Lord Elis-Thomas defends his criticism of Plaid stance on UKIP
Plaid Cymru has fired former leader Dafydd Elis-Thomas as its transport spokesperson and chair of the assembly's environment committee.
It follows his criticism of leader Leanne Wood's attack on UKIP in her party conference speech.
The former assembly presiding officer responded by saying: "You don't start calling your fellow citizens, your colleagues in Wales, names even if they are parties with which you disagree."
He said all political parties - not just Plaid Cymru - should conduct themselves in a positive way and emphasise the "positive benefits to Wales from the European Union".
13 Mar 2014