Wales politics

Andrew RT Davies suspends aide over Myspace comments

Andrew RT Davies
Image caption Andrew RT Davies is competing with Nick Ramsay for the Tory assembly group leadership

Welsh Conservative assembly group leadership candidate Andrew RT Davies has suspended an aide over comments he made on a website.

Mr Davies said Vincent Bailey's remarks were made a number of years ago on his personal page on Myspace.

He said the assembly's human resources department would investigate.

Mr Davies, who represents South Wales Central in the assembly, is standing against Monmouth's Nick Ramsay in the leadership election.

Mr Davies said: "I understand these comments were made more than five years ago, long before Vincent Bailey took up employment as one of my three members of staff.

"Vincent successfully completed a very robust and competitive selection process before being offered this position in August last year.

"When I first heard of these allegations, I took the decision within the hour to suspend Vincent with immediate effect, subject to an inquiry to be held with the assistance of the assembly's human resources department."

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