First Minister apologises to Plaid Cymru AM

Adam Price had previously demanded an apology from Carwyn Jones

The First Minister has said sorry to a Plaid Cymru AM for answers which he says 'weren't worthy' of the standards expected in a parliament.

Adam Price had demanded an apology following exchanges last week over a row about plans for hospitals run by the Hywel Dda Health Board.

Carwyn Jones had claimed that the Plaid Cymru AM had ignored an offer to meet the Health Board and hadn't responded to emails sent to him.

Last week, Hywel Dda's Chief Executive clarified that Adam Price had been in talks with them and apologised for giving inaccurate information to the Welsh Government.

But the First Minister refused to apologise and his spokesperson insisted that Mr Price was angry because he'd been exposed as a hypocritce.

Today, Carwyn Jones struck a different tone, and before First Minister's Questions, made this apology:

Following the exchange in First Minister’s Questions last week, I want to apologise to the member for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr for the answer I gave to him. He will know that we have both received apologies too from the Health Board in relation to the incorrect information on which our exchange was based. I do believe that information was passed to my office in good conscience, and was subsequently passed on to me equally in good faith. I should also make clear that this is not information I had personally requested in any way shape or form - but it was information that I chose to use – and on reflection I do not think last week was worthy of the exchanges we should promote in this, our Welsh Parliament. I apologise for my part in that.

– First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said 'it was right' that the First Minister apologised but the party remains angry that what they say was confidential information was accessed by the Welsh Government for use in an attack on a political opponent.

The First Minister's judgement was once again called into question last week, not least over the use of information sought by the Civil Service but used for political purposes.

It was right for the First Minister to go to the Assembly Chamber today to apologise to Adam Price, and to acknowledge that his contribution last week was not befitting of the Welsh Parliament.

We continue to have profound concerns regarding the relationship between the Welsh Government and independent public bodies, and the way in which confidential information about elected members is sought and used. We will continue to pursue these concerns rigorously.Today's apology does not remove the need for the First Minister to refer himself to the independent advisor on the Ministerial Code.

– Plaid Cymru spokesperson