A disgraced former Plaid Cymru MP has accused his ex-colleagues of "undermining" him while also suggesting that he intends to stand for re-election as an independent candidate.

In a bilingual post to his personal Facebook page, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards said that: "Public life can be difficult especially whe people you have worked with for decades seek to undermine you when they are fully aware of the background and the truth."

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said last week that Edwards should not only leave the party, but that he should stand down as an MP, too.

The intervention from Price came in the wake of a row relating to Edwards' 2020 arrest for assaulting his now-estranged wife at their home, and his subsequent suspension and attempts to re-join the party.

After accepting a police caution in July 2020, Jonathan Edwards was suspended from Plaid Cymru for a year, although he remained an independent MP.

A year after Edwards' suspension ended, he applied to re-join Plaid Cymru. The conditions of his suspension were that a disciplinary panel would have to consider his case.

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The panel found that Edwards had met the conditions of his suspension and was free to re-join the party, although they recommended that he shouldn't be permitted to re-join Plaid Cymru's group of Westminster MPs - effectively removing the whip from him indefinitely.

Despite the panel's recommendation, it was later announced that Edwards would re-join the party's group after Plaid Cymru took legal advice which revealed that their rules and standing orders couldn't stop him from doing so.

Following this, Edwards' estranged wife, Emma, told the BBC that she was "appalled" by his return to Plaid, and that his reinstatement sent a message "that domestic abuse survivors don't matter".

Emma Edwards' comments resulted in Adam Price's intervention, who also said that an independent review of Plaid Cymru's internal disciplinary procedures would take place.

Plaid Cymru's leader in Westminster, Liz Saville Roberts, has apologised for the party's handling of the issue.

In his latest statement, Edwards appears to be planning to stand for re-election to Parliament in the constituency of Carmarthen East and Dinefwr - which is the Senedd constituency of leader Adam Price - as an independent candidate.

"I am very grateful to those who have made financial contributions to fund my campaigning work. I am happy to announce that thousands have been raised to fund my campaigning work for the foreseeable future", he wrote.

Plaid Cymru and Jonathan Edwards were approached to comment on this story.

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