The former MS responsible for a doubling in complaints about Senedd members has defended himself, saying he is a victim of the establishment.

Neil McEvoy, the former regional Member of the Senedd for South Wales Central, was said to have been the main source of complaints about members in the past year, according to a report by the standards commissioner.

As reported earlier today by The National, that report outlined how there had been 216 complaints received between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, and that among that figure McEvoy had made six complaints and another 97 complaints had been made about him.

Following the report's publication, McEvoy hit back at the findings.

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McEvoy said he had been the victim of a smear campaign by the establishment.

The report said: “The increased proportion of complaints made by members of the public and the reduction in the proportion of inadmissible complaints is largely a result of 97 complaints about the conduct of Neil McEvoy."

It added: “Other than four complaints made by the Llywydd in her official capacity and one self-referral, all the complaints made by members were made by Neil McEvoy. All of them were inadmissible, lacking any merit and doubtless made in an attempt to score political points.”

But McEvoy disputed the findings. He said: “Politics is controlled in Wales. You should be looking at the wider issue. Councillors now are frightened of asking questions of officialdom.

“I was the only politician in the Senedd asking real questions of officialdom and look what they did to me. I was hammered."

McEvoy spent five years in the Senedd between 2016 and 2021. Originally elected to represent Plaid Cymru via the regional list ballot, he went on to sit as an independent member for a time, before founding his own political party, Propel, for the recent Welsh elections.

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