UKIP AM Gareth Bennett says he is sorry people took offence, but stood by his views

UKIP AM Gareth Bennett has said sorry for causing offence with his comments over the transgender community last month.

Mr Bennett, who represents South Wales Central, was banned from speaking in the Senedd chamber in December, after saying that granting more rights to a particular minority group will negatively impact on the rights of the majority of people in society. Presiding Officer Elin Jones told him he would not be called to speak again in the chamber until he apologised for his comments.

During this afternoon's plenary, Mr Bennett said he was sorry for offence caused.

Presiding Officer Elin Jones had banned Mr Bennett from speaking in the chamber until he apologised.