Wales politics

Lord Elis-Thomas not punished for swearing in Senedd

Lord Elis-Thomas
Image caption Lord Elis-Thomas speaking in the Senedd last Tuesday

Ex-Plaid Cymru leader Lord Elis-Thomas will not face disciplinary action for swearing in the assembly chamber.

Plaid AM Adam Price had asked for a ruling on whether the comments, in a angry debate last Wednesday, were "appropriate parliamentary language".

Presiding Officer Elin Jones said she would remind Lord Elis-Thomas, who is now an independent AM, "such language is not acceptable".

Ms Jones said she was "satisfied" he "did use the term 'right wing shits".

Lord Elis-Thomas, the AM for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, confirmed he would not be sanctioned but declined to comment further.

The comment was made during a debate in Cardiff Bay on a proposed new prison in Port Talbot.

Responding to Mr Price on Tuesday, Ms Jones wrote: "Although I didn't hear the comment at the time, and it doesn't appear in the Record of Proceedings, after consulting with other who were present, I am satisfied that Dafydd Elis-Thomas did use the term 'right wing shits' from his seat.

"I will be writing to Dafydd Elis-Thomas to remind him that such language is not acceptable and and that is shouldn't be used in the Siambr [chamber] again."

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