Welsh nationalist MP Jonathan Edwards is expelled from the party after being arrested on suspicion of assault
- Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards arrested for an alleged assault Wednesday
- Edwards, 44, of Carmarthenshire, was released on bail pending an investigation
- Welsh police are yet to release any further information about the allegations
- The party confirmed that they have withdrawn the whip from the father-of-two
Welsh nationalist MP Jonathan Edwards has been expelled from the party pending a police investigation after he was arrested on suspicion of assault on Wednesday.
Edwards, 44, who has represented Carmarthen East and Dinefwr for Plaid Cymru since 2010, was arrested earlier this week.
Police said a 44-year-old man from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, had been arrested on suspicion of assault. He has been released on bail and the investigation is ongoing.
Officers from the Dyfed-Powys force are not releasing any further information about the allegation.
Plaid Cymru confirmed it had withdrawn the whip from Mr Edwards.
This means an MP is effectively expelled from the parliamentary party temporarily and must sit as an independent until the whip is restored.
A Plaid Cymru statement said: ‘The party whip has been withdrawn pending the conclusion of a police investigation.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 enquiries.
‘It would be inappropriate for the party to comment further at this time.’
Father-of-two Edwards lives with his wife Emma in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire.