Plaid Cymru AM Neil McEvoy has admitted that he broke the Assembly's rules during the period when he was sitting as an independent after being suspended by his party group. Mr McEvoy, who also leads the Plaid Cymru councillors on Cardiff City Council, called a press conference in the Senedd where he talked about Plaid's local election campaign pledges in Cardiff.
Mr McEvoy had been suspended from the Plaid Group after a local government adjudication panel found that he had bullied a council official by saying that he couldn't wait to restructure the way Cardiff was run. At the press conference he highlighted that his local party had backed him by making restructuring the council's senior management its top election pledge.
The Assembly's Clerk asked its Commissioner for Standards, Sir Roderick Evans, to investigate. He's now reported to the Standards Committee that Neil McEvoy has admitted breaking the rules and apologised. The committee of four AMs, representing the different political groups, has decided that Mr McEvoy should be formally censured but not face any other disciplinary action. The Assembly is expected to formally endorse the committee's decision when AMs return from the summer recess.