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Neil McEvoy AM returns to Plaid Cymru group.

Neil McEvoy AM has been restored to the Plaid Cymru Assembly group. He was temporarily suspended after an Adjudication Panel found he'd bullied a Cardiff Council employee in his role as a Cardiff councillor. Mr McEvoy was suspended as a councillor for a month but denies any wrongdoing snd has in the past indicated he intends to appeal.

A Plaid Cymru spokesperson said: “The Plaid Cymru group has agreed to restore the whip to South Wales Central AM Neil McEvoy. It follows a statement from Mr McEvoy relating to the recent Adjudication Panel ruling.”

In a statement Mr McEvoy said:

‘I have reflected on the judgment of the Adjudication Panel. I stand by my actions in defending a single mother and daughter facing an unnecessary eviction. I maintain that my comment was not directed at the Council officer, but I acknowledge that she has said that my comment caused distress and for that I apologise. The complaint was later made by a Labour councillor, and I maintain that the complaint against me was politically motivated. I am exploring with my legal team seeking leave from the High Court for judicial review of the Adjudication Panel’s decision. I will respect the verdict of that appeal.’

– Neil McEvoy AM

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Plaid Cymru councillor broke code of conduct

Cardiff Plaid Cymru Councillor Neil McEvoy. Credit: Plaid Cymru

Cardiff Plaid Cymru Councillor Neil McEvoy has been found to have broken the council's code of conduct following a tribunal.

It was looking into his actions following a court hearing involving a constituent back in 2015. However, the Adjudication Panel Wales found that Mr McEvoy, who is also an Assembly Member, did not bring the council into disrepute.

He has described the judgement as "a farce". Labour have called on him to be suspended from the party.

More: Plaid Cymru AM Neil McEvoy to face tribunal

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Tories and UKIP attack Plaid plan to keep EU laws

Plaid Cymru's call for EU laws affecting devolved areas to remain in force after Brexit has come under fire from the Conservatives and UKIP. Plaid want the Assembly to pass a bill turning EU laws and regulations into Welsh law, partly because the party fears that otherwise the powers will pass to ministers in London.

This reinforces just how out of step Plaid Cymru are with public opinion, and with the voters they claim to represent. Just weeks ago the Welsh public voted to restore the sovereignty of British law – not to introduce a new Bill that would permanently gold plate every single edict and directive emanating from Brussels.

The Prime Minister’s Great Repeal Bill is the first step towards returning sovereignty to Westminster, where the Welsh national interest is represented by its MPs.

– Welsh Conservative Spokesperson

This is an anti-democratic political stunt. Wales voted decisively for Brexit and the so called ‘Party of Wales’, Plaid Cymru should respect the referendum result.

Political decisions will be made in future by elected politicians in Westminster & Cardiff Bay and not unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

– UKIP Spokesperson

In the Senedd, Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis asked the First Minister if the Welsh Government would support the idea of a "Great Continuity Bill" to preserve EU law in devolved areas. Carwyn Jones replied that he would first want to see what was in the UK Government's "Great Repeal Bill".

The principle must be that no powers are lost to the people of Wales. In devolved areas, they must come straight here.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

Assembly should vote to keep EU law say Plaid

Plaid Cymru is calling for the Welsh Assembly to pass a bill that would keep in force after Brexit all EU laws and regulations affecting devolved matters. The party argues that the UK Government's plan for similar legislation would undermine devolution by giving powers over the environment, jobs and the economy to Whitehall, not Cardiff Bay.

Wales needs an EU Continuity Bill to enshrine all existing EU regulations into Welsh law. This will ensure that the standards we value, like environmental protections, food standards, and the rights we have come to take for granted as EU citizens, continue to apply to Wales after Brexit. It will also stop the Conservatives’ EU Repeal Bill turning into a Westminster power-grab over already devolved matters.

– Plaid Cymru Brexit spokesperson Steffan Lewis AM

Plaid say they will talk to the Welsh Government about their proposal but they claim to be frustrated by a lack of clarity on Brexit from Carwyn Jones and his ministers.

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