MP loses no sleep over 'BNP slur'
5:40pm Thursday 17th May 2012 in News
LOCAL MP Jonathan Edwards is “not losing any sleep” over the news that a former Llandybie community councillor has lodged a complaint against him with the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Guardian has learned.
Meirion Bowen, a former member of the British National Party, claims Plaid Cymru’s Carmarthenshire East and Dinefwr MP has labelled him “a BNP activist” who is constantly attacking him in the press.
Mr Bowen, who lost his seat as an independent on Llandybie community council in the recent elections, claims Mr Edwards is guilty of character assassination.
In an e-mail to Speaker John Bercow, Cllr Bowen says Mr Edwards “has with malice knowingly by means of degrading treatment used my former lawful membership with West Wales BNP in a defamatory manner to discredit my good name and gain political capital to discriminate against me”.
But a spokesman for Mr Edwards rejected the claims.
“Mr Bowen has already made a complaint to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, who has dismissed Mr Bowen’s claim,” he said.
“Mr Edwards has a policy of not meeting with anyone associated, past or present, with the BNP.
“Mr Edwards isn’t losing any sleep over the complaint.”