Conservative AM accused of drinking before Senedd speech
A complaint's been made to the Assembly's Presiding Officer that Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay had been drinking before he spoke in the Senedd yesterday. It's understood that he's told his Conservative colleagues that the allegation is untrue.
No further action will be taken against a Conservative AM accused of being drunk druing a Senedd debate. Assembly chiefs say there were 'not grounds' to have prevented Nick Ramsay from taking part in that debate.
The inquiry began after a member of the public complained about Monmouthshire AM Nick Ramsay made contributions that were 'slurred, incoherent and insolent.' For further details click here.
But a spokesperson for the Presiding Officer has issued this statement:
The Presiding Officers have looked into the circumstances thoroughly and have reached their conclusions. They confirmed that there were not grounds to call the Member to order during the plenary session on 10 June. They will not be making any further statement about the matter.
The person who complained to the Presiding Officer about Nick Ramsay's conduct in the Senedd yesterday says he has no faith that anything will come of it. He's identified himself as Jonathan G Williams, of Whitchurch in Cardiff.
Why I made this complaint ... was a matter of principle. I would say that the response of the Welsh Assembly has been exactly as I expected. No one will take this matter seriously because politics is a cosy club. All they are interested in is protecting their collective reputations. It's mucky and makes me wonder why I bothered writing in the first place.
Conservative Assembly Member Nick Ramsay won't make any comment following the announcement that the Presiding Officer will investigate a complaint that he was drunk when he spoke during a debate in the Senedd chamber.
But a Welsh Conservatives spokesperson said the complaint is being treated seriously and the AM for Monmouth will co-operate with the Presiding Officer's inquiry.
Nick Ramsay was making valid contributions in an important debate on mental health. He agrees that all correspondence from the public should be treated with the utmost importance and will speak to the Presiding Officer accordingly.
A spokesperson for the Assembly Commission has confirmed that the Presiding Officer will look into a complaint about the conduct of Conservative Assembly Member Nick Ramsay.
The Presiding Officer has received a letter of complaint relating to the behaviour of an individual Assembly Member in the Plenary session on 10 June.
Regulation of Plenary proceedings is a matter for the Presiding Officers. They will be looking into the circumstances thoroughly and properly over the coming days.
The rules of debate are governed by Standing Order 13 and the Assembly Members’ Code of Conduct sets out the standard of behaviour expected from Members during Assembly business. Members must at all times in their conduct promote respect for the Assembly and extend respect and courtesy to other Members.
This is the exchange in the Senedd yesterday, when Nick Ramsay is alleged to have been drinking before speaking.
The intervention by the Monmouth AM in the Assembly debate on mental health was heard in near silence in the Senedd. Health Minister Mark Drakeford, expressed disappointment at what the Tory AM was saying.
The Presiding Officer has been asked to investigate claims that a Conservative Assembly Member had been drinking before he spoke in the Senedd chamber yesterday. A member of the public has accused Monmouthshire AM Nick Ramsay of making contributions that 'were slurred, incoherent and insolent.'
The Welsh Conservatives have not yet commented nor has Mr Ramsay. It's understood that it was his birthday yesterday but he's told colleagues that he had not been drinking. The Presiding Officer is due to make a response imminently.