New Lord Mayor kicks Plaid Cymru’s Neil McEvoy out of full council

September 28, 2012 3 Comments »

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.

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  1. Twm September 29, 2012 at 1:13 am - Reply

    If Cllr Paul Mitchell feels so strongly about Cllr McEvoy's comments regarding funding for women's groups he should have suggested the council write to the Plaid leader nearer the time, which I think was way back in 2011.
    If he was waiting for Labour to regain power (Plaid to lose power) before trying to get the council to write to the Plaid leadership then he would surely have suggested it sooner than September.
    The timing of Cllr Mitchell's comments, immediately after Cllr McEvoy's latest hissy fit, looks – and probably is – a case of sour grapes.

  2. Admr Von Schneider October 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Classic. Got to love Derrick, proper bloke, I was in school with Gazzy.

  3. Jim October 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    I think Cllr McEvoy is opposed to any new houses whatsoever in his ward.

    How can anyone do business with someone like that? It's no wonder he gets in so many arguments.

    Politics, well, good politics, is about the art of negotiation, of persuasion and of diplomacy.

    It's not about being stubborn, unrealistic and being ostracised from the political process.

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