Dafydd Elis-Thomas has been told he can not make public statements on Plaid Cymru’s policy and strategy without agreeing them with his constituency first, it has emerged.We can wonder what the response from the constituency will be to this leak and what "basically" can really mean
Initial reports from a private constituency meeting in Porthmadog on Tuesday suggested that the constituency party had given his backing to Lord Elis-Thomas remaining a candidate for the Assembly.
But a source within Plaid says that the meeting also agreed that the former leader should not speak out on substantive party issues without talking to the local party beforehand.
“The meeting basically agreed that if he makes public statements they have to be agreed by the local constituency,” the source said.
“It was agreed that he should continue as a candidate, but there was anger that he kept undermining the party.
“He was held to account.
“He can talk to the press, but he has to do it in a way that is a representative of the party, rather than just giving out his own opinion.”
It has led to a problem for Plaid in that it could be seen as draconian if it takes action against action D.E.T. and weak if it does not.
There will be hope that in the months leading up to the Assembly Election D.E.T.does not rock the boat. But lets face it he not the person who wil kep quiet for long.
He is in a powerful position in that if he was deselected or expelled then he would probably stand as an Independent almost certainly seeing the Party lose its safest seat.
It may make for interesting politics but I wonder if Plaid realy devre this problem .