THE First Minister Carwyn Jones has apologised to Adam Price AM for comments he made during the Plenary of January 30th when the first minister detailed emails and a phone call between Adam Price and the Hywel Dda University Health Board. It has subsequently been described as ‘false information’.
Speaking at the Senedd today Tuesday, (Feb 6) the first minister said:
“Following the exchange in First Minister’s Questions last week I want to apologise to the member for Carmarthenshire East and Dinefwr for the answer I gave to him. He will know that we have both received apologies too from the health board in relation to the incorrect information on which our exchange was based.”
You can watch the full apology here:
Source: Senedd.TV ©Sendd.TV,2018
Speculation about the first minister’s future is rife as political pundits claim that the first minister’s reputation is ‘in tatters’. In an interview with the BBC leading political commentator Professor Richard Wyn Jones, of Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, said: “His authority is clearly in tatters. Rebuilding it even if he is exonerated I think it will be very difficult for him to regain his previous stature. It could be too little too late.”
Despite the claims the Labour group at the Welsh Assembly are steadfastly in support of the first minister however, they acknowledge that the past few months have been ‘difficult’.
Plaid Cymru continue to apply pressure on the first minister and continue to express their concerns regarding the relationship between the Welsh Government and independent public bodies, and the way in which confidential information about elected members is sought and used.