Jonathan Edwards Suspended From The Party After His Apprehension

This week Plaid Cymru suspended a Member of Parliament after he was taken into custody by the police on suspicion of assault.

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards arrested on suspicion of assault
Jonathan Edwards/Picture Credit: BBC

This week Plaid Cymru suspended a Member of Parliament after he was taken into custody by the police on suspicion of assault.

MP Jonathan Edwards was expelled from the party, Plaid Cymru and had the whip withdrawn by the party after he was taken to custody by the police on Wednesday this week.

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A spokesperson of the Plaid Cymru said: “On 20 May, Jonathan Edwards MP was arrested following a report of an incident. The party whip has been withdrawn pending the conclusion of a police investigation.

“Mr Edwards has accepted this course of action and is complying fully with the police inquiries. It would be inappropriate for the party to comment further at this time.”

According to Dyfed-Powys Police, a 44-year-old man from Ammanford had been arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of assault and released on bail pending investigation.

The Welsh politician, had been part of a series of anti-Brexit marches held across Wales. In a call for independence for Welsh, he said: “We can finish the job started by devolution. Brexit will do for independence what Thatcherism did for devolution”.

Edwards had told his party’s conference in Swansea in 2019 that the vote to leave the EU has driven a “sledgehammer through the post-devolution period”.

He added that he remembered “writing a university dissertation trying to explain the differences” between the 1979 and 1997 Welsh devolution referenda, “and why Wales had gone from being overwhelmingly opposed to devolution to marginally voting in favour in the space of 18 years”.

“The main reason was Thatcherism inflicted upon Wales immediately after the first referendum. The people of our country yearned for a degree of protection via self-government.

“The Brexit referendum drove a sledgehammer through the post-devolution period in Welsh history and now the stakes in the game have been raised considerably.”

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