First Minister's warm words for suspended Elis-Thomas

First Minister Carwyn Jones at his monthly press conference Credit: ITV News Wales

At his monthly press conference, the First Minister had some seriously warm words for Plaid Cymru's Dafydd Elis-Thomas. The party's former leader has had the party whip temporarily withdrawn following his non-attendance at yesterday's no-confidence vote in the health minister.

Lord Elis-Thomas insists that he had a valid reason for staying away, but it's thought that his comments criticising his party's decision to support the no-confidence vote have angered the leadership.

Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood has refused to comment today, saying only that an internal party process had begun which would iron out these matters.

There's been a lot of speculation that Dafydd Elis-Thomas could join Carwyn Jones' Welsh Government as an independent member. He's certainly made no secret of his belief that Plaid should take part in government and not waste its time in opposition.

I asked Carwyn Jones if he'd be welcome. You can see our exchange below but my questions are a little difficult to hear so here's a transcript:

AM: Would there be a welcome in your government for Dafydd Elis-Thomas? CJ: Well at the moment, Dafydd Elis-Thomas is a member of Plaid Cymru and it's an internal matter for Plaid Cymru. We would welcome anybody at any level of government who shares the same values as us. AM: Does Dafydd El share those values? CJ: Well we'll have to wait and see but I've noticed what he's been saying over the last few weeks. He's somebody who I believe holds the interests of the people of Wales at heart. He is somebody who is very much a progressive in terms of his politics. I believe he does think very much in terms of fairness, of justice and of opportunity and he is very much a devolutionist and a proud Welsh person. All these qualities would fit in very well with Welsh Labour. AM: That sounds like a yes. CJ: Well as I've said, there have been no discussions regarding that. We would welcome anybody who shares the values I've just outlines.