Independent AM Neil McEvoy has failed in his bid to get re-admitted into Plaid Cymru. He was expelled for 18 months in March but that's been cut to 12 months on appeal.
He'll have to re-apply for membership after that time.
But Mr McEvoy told ITV Wales "this is far from over" and went on to claim he's considering legal action against the party.
A Plaid Cymru spokesperson said:
The Hearing Panel has resolved to uphold the complaints against Neil McEvoy. He is excluded from the party for 12 months. The decision of the Panel is final.
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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.’
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The deputy leader of Cardiff Council, Neil McEvoy, has held his seat despite a strong Labour challenge. He was one of two Plaid Cymru councillors re-elected in Fairwater, with Labour taking the other seat in the ward.