One of the first acts of Cardiff’s new Lord Mayor Derrick Morgan was to last night order the leader of the Plaid Cymru group out of the council chamber during a heated row.
At a meeting of full council, Councillor Neil McEvoy accused the Labour group of lying about Cardiff’s Local Development Plan (LDP) before May’s local elections.
As reported, Cardiff’s draft LDP preferred strategy – published by the Labour-run council in the summer – proposes building 45,000 new homes between now and 2026.
Coun McEvoy also accused the First Minister Carwyn Jones of “misleading the Senedd” over the issue.
After refusing to withdraw his comments, Coun Morgan ordered him to “please leave the chamber”, to which Coun McEvoy said: “You have brought shame on this office.”
The outspoken councillor again refused to offer an apology and left.
Fairwater’s Labour councillor Paul Mitchell later said the council should write to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood to express their “disquiet” about Coun McEvoy’s questioning of funding for women’s groups.
Coun Morgan was elected Lord Mayor unopposed at County Hall after Councillor Cerys Furlong’s sudden resignation as chair of the council last week.