Monday, 29 June 2020

Plaid MP accepts caution after arrest under suspicion of assault.

The fact that I find Plaid's Jonathan Edwards to one of the better Welsh MPs and that I tend to support Plaid Cymru anyway, should not of course deter me from reporting and commenting on that he as been  cautioned after arrest on suspicion of assault.

The BBC report that 

MP has accepted a police caution after an incident where officers were called to his home last month.

Jonathan Edwards, 44, was arrested on 20 May on suspicion of assault.

In a statement, the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP, since suspended by Plaid Cymru, said he was "deeply sorry" and it was "the biggest regret" of his life.

His wife, Emma, has also released a statement, saying she has "accepted her husband's apology".

Mr Edwards has referred himself to Plaid Cymru's internal disciplinary committee and been suspended from the party.

When he was arrested in May, the party suspended the whip from Mr Edwards which meant he was effectively sitting as an independent MP.

Accepting a caution is an admission of guilt and details will be retained in police records.


Alun Ffred Jones, the chairman of Plaid Cymru, said: "We are aware of the personal statement made by Mr Edwards, who recognises his actions fall below what is expected.

"Mr Edwards issued the statement with the support of his family and we ask that their privacy is respected."

'Deeply sorry'

A personal statement released on behalf of Jonathan Edwards said: "I am deeply sorry. It is by far the biggest regret of my life. I complied fully with the police and acted with the best interests of my wife and children as my primary motive throughout."

He added: "My priority now is to work with my wife to ensure as stable a future as possible for our family."

A statement on behalf of Emma Edwards said: "I have accepted my husband's apology.

"Throughout the decade we have been together he has been a loving and caring husband and father.

"As far as I am concerned the matter is now closed."

Mr Edwards, an Aberystwyth University graduate, has held the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr seat since 2010. He formerly worked as an official for Plaid Cymru and for Citizen Advice Cymru.

Whether this is the end of the matter  is uncertain , it seems to be that when an accusation off domestic Violence is made resulting in an arrest then a caution seems to be the very least result that occurs.

Ms Edwards declaration that as far as she is concerned the matter is closed.

Plaid however must still hold a disciplinary hearing and not automatically lift the suspension of Jonathan Edwards and not just go through the motions before lifting his suspension.

It does seem likely that this will be the result  , but Jonathan Edwards will have his work cut out in rebuilding trusts not only with his family but the party as a whole and the electorate .

I sincerely hope he can achieve all three  and  wish Jonathan and his family all the best for the future

We are unlikely to find out the full nature of the accusations, but domestic violence no matter how small we might consider it is inexcusable it appears that in this case a lime might be drawn under it .

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