Nick Ramsay issues statement to defend three-week absence from the Assembly after alleged incident

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An Assembly Member arrested on New Year’s Day and later released without charge has released a statement defending his absence from the National Assembly.

Nick Ramsay, 44, was suspended as a Conservative AM and as a member of the Conservative Party after the alleged incident at his home and he has not attended Assembly since.

Mr Ramsay was previously elected as an AM for Monmouthshire in 2007 and has also stood to be leader of the Conservatives in the Assembly.

He is the Conservative finance spokesman and chairs the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee.

His suspension means he cannot call himself a Conservative AM but would be allowed to attend the National Assembly and chair the committee. 

A senior Tory source said they understood Mr Ramsay had met with leader of the Welsh Conservatives Paul Davies and chairman of the Welsh Conservatives Byron Davies but no outcome of that meeting had been communicated with the Assembly group.

A statement from Mr Ramsay’s lawyers, Sanders Witherspoon of Essex, said: “Mr Ramsay is currently suspended from the Conservative Party. He cannot attend as an independent as the complications are manifest.

“Until the Conservative Party explain why he is suspended (they have not) the matter will be unresolved.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Ramsay has done nothing wrong and did not invite the suspension.

“Mr Ramsay is in limbo but that is not his fault. The quicker the Conservative Party do something and deal with this properly the quicker this will be resolved.

“At the moment they seem to be relying on unsupported conjecture which is wholly unsatisfactory.”

In a statement at the time of his arrest, Gwent Police said: “We received a report of a disturbance at an address in Chepstow Road, Raglan, on Wednesday 1 January at around 20:05.

“A 44-year-old man from the Raglan area was arrested following an incident but he has been released with no further action following investigation.”

At the time of his arrest, the Conservative Party said he had been suspended as a member and from the Conservative group in the National Assembly.

A spokesman for the Conservative Party, said: “Nick Ramsay has been suspended from the Welsh Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales and from the Conservative Party following an incident which took place yesterday.

“The suspension will be reviewed following consideration of the matter by external agencies.”

The party has not issued a subsequent statement and Mr Ramsay remains suspended.

Mr Ramsay has not attended the Assembly estate since the new year and has missed three sessions of the Public Affairs Committee, of which he is chairman.

He remains entitled to his salary of  £81,390 – which includes additional money to chair that committee.

In his absence, a temporary chair has been appointed each week, which has been his Conservative colleague Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd West.



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