A senior Labour Party official has ordered the destruction of leaflets that make inaccurate claims about a Cardiff councillor.
Plaid Cymru group leader Neil McEvoy (pictured, above), who is also the authority’s deputy leader, represents Fairwater, where the local Labour Party has distributed two leaflets that make serious personal attacks on him.
Labour’s Fairwater and Pentrebane Fightback Issue 6 was distributed last year. At that time Labour’s national compliance officer Margaret Lynch ordered the destruction of remaining leaflets, but more appeared locally recently.
The most recent Labour leaflet, Fairwater and Pentrebane Fightback Issue 7, made inaccurate allegations about Coun McEvoy’s financial interests.
Ms Lynch has confirmed in an e-mail that she will order the ward party to stop delivering the leaflets and destroy those remaining, printed and promoted by ex-Labour councillor Michael Michael.
Coun McEvoy said: “The Labour Party clearly has not learnt lessons from the case of Phil Woolas, who was thrown out of Parliament for making false statements against a political opponent.
“Well, I suggest they get to grips with the dirty tricks operation in Fairwater. There’s no point ordering the ward party to destroy leaflets when many have been distributed – they must stop them going out in the first place.
“Issue 6 made mention of my daughter in relation to the issue of a care allowance claim which the ombudsman cleared on two occasions.
“The latest leaflet makes more incorrect allegations about my links with a football agency. I ceased my work with the agency in 2008, and it then ceased to trade.
“If Labour had bothered to check Companies House they would have found that the company was struck off last year.
“In fact, complaints about this were thrown out by the ombudsman as long ago as 2008.
“The Labour Party nationally has accepted they are wrong. It seems to me that they should really take action against the ward party, which has tried to turn character assassination into an art form.
“These nasty personal smears have no place in politics in 2011.
“Mentioning my four-year-old daughter in a leaflet is wrong. She is out of bounds and I will protect her with all that I have. I will be referring the issue of the reference to my daughter to the information commissioner.
“I have been personally attacked mercilessly by the Labour Party since I left in 2003.”
Last night Mr Michael said he stood by the contents of the leaflets.
A Welsh Labour spokesman said: “The position of the Labour Party is clear on this matter. The leaflets in question contained inaccuracies and have been withdrawn from circulation as agreed.”