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A WELSH MP who has received a police warning for assaulting his wife will not represent Plaid Cymru at Westminster.
Jonathan Edwards, who represents Carmarthen East and Dinefwr was suspended by Plaid after his arrest in July 2020 on suspicion of assault
Last week, the MP’s now ex-wife, Emma Edwards, released a statement saying she was appalled that he had been readmitted to the party.
Plaid said he is reviewing the situation.
In his personal statement, Mr Edwards said: ‘It is with deep regret that I announce that I will not be joining the Plaid Cymru Westminster group to allow for a period of quiet reflection. I want to make it clear up front that I have never made any public comments regarding the event that led to my arrest or my marriage.
“My priority has always been my children and not my career. Suffice it to say that my wife and I are nearing the end of a divorce process and I will not respond to any comments she chooses to make while I am an MP and our children are young. I will only say this, that relationships can often be very complex. I take full responsibility for the action that led to my arrest and subsequent caution by the police I will regret this day for the rest of my life.
“The past two years have been a time of deep reflection during which I enrolled in a domestic violence awareness course which helped me understand the impact of my action on others. The story of a relationship, however, does not begin and end with a single incident.
“Throughout this period, I fully complied with the party and its demands. I never made any public statements about my personal life or about my concerns about how the party was handling my case.
“I know some will disagree, but I feel we’re in a very dangerous environment where no one in the public sphere has the opportunity to speak honestly about the mistakes they make, to be allowed to show genuine remorse and try to build a better life I’m afraid there has been no distinction in discussions about the difference between an incident and a pattern of behavior.
“Over the past two years, there have been times when I have felt suicidal as my personal and professional life crumbled and the party offered me no protection. I am also concerned that these Over the past few weeks, high-ranking politicians within the party have abused their positions of power by subjecting me to coordinated vindictive and vengeful political attacks.
“My politics have always been driven by a desire to build a fairer country for our communities and I hope party members will continue this work and restore healthier politics. I love my home communities in Carmarthenshire and without their support and that of the local party, my family and friends, I don’t think I would be alive today.I am especially grateful to my new partner Fflur, who showed me what it’s like. love and the joys that a healthy relationship can bring.
“The local party and I have fought many battles over the years and my thanks for their unwavering support could never be expressed in words. However, I can’t ask them to climb a hill for me.
“I have dedicated my entire adult life to serving the communities of Carmarthenshire. When needed, they supported me. My priority now must be to rebuild my life as best I can and serve the communities of Carmarthenshire for the remainder of this Parliament. I will make no further public statement at this time.
Plaid Cymru did not wish to specifically respond to Mr Edwards’ statement, but party leader Adam Price posted a statement on Twitter which read: ‘I strongly believe that Jonathan Edwards cannot continue to represent Plaid Cymru in Westminster and should resign immediately.I also call on Jonathan Edwards to leave the party.His actions do not represent our values and his position as an MP sends the wrong message to victims of domestic abuse in Wales and beyond.
“I would like to thank Emma Edwards for speaking out yesterday and for letting her know her voice has been heard. I would also like to apologize to her and all survivors of domestic violence for the pain this has caused. .
“Our disciplinary processes must change to give victims of gender-based violence a central role in any investigation. This work will begin immediately and will be given the urgency and seriousness it clearly deserves.