Welsh MP is expelled after being arrested on suspicion of assault

Welsh nationalist MP Jonathan Edwards is expelled from the party after being arrested on suspicion of assault

An MP has been arrested by police on suspicion of assault – and has been expelled from his party until the investigation is complete.

Welsh nationalist MP Jonathan Edwards, who has represented Carmarthen East and Dinefwr since 2010, was arrested on Wednesday.

Police said a 44-year-old man from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, had been arrested on Wednesday 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Plaid Cymru confirmed it had withdrawn the whip from Mr Edwards.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A Plaid Cymru statement said: ‘The party whip has been withdrawn pending the conclusion of a police investigation.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.

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