Newport AM quits Assembly committee in ‘protest’

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A GWENT AM has left an Assembly committee, in an apparent protest at against his sacking last month from the opposition front bench.

Newport-based Mohammad Asghar was fired from the Tory shadow cabinet in February after he and three other AMs didn’t follow the party line on income tax powers for Wales.

Last Tuesday the AM was replaced on the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by fellow South East Wales AM William Graham.

But Tory leader Andrew RT Davies said Mr Asghar hadn’t given a reason why he wanted to give up his post.

A source close to the South East Wales AM told the Argus: “Mr Asghar made it clear back in February he didn’t want to serve on the Public Accounts Committee as a protest against the actions against the four.”

The source had claimed that the Tories had tried to persuade him Oscar to stay on but that he had refused: “His position is that he wants all four [AMs] put back to where they were before.”

An email seen by the Argus shows Mr Asghar’s office had indicated he wanted to quit the committee on February 17 – five days after he was sacked from the front bench. The motion for him to be replaced didn’t go through until last Tuesday.

The South East Wales AM confirmed to the Argus that he had resigned from the PAC: “I’m still serving my community which is my priority. I’m still scrutinising government from the back benches,” he said.

However at his weekly press conference Tory leader Andrew RT Davies said Mr Asghar hadn’t explained why: “He just said he wanted to come off the committee.”

Mr Asghar and Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay, together with their colleagues Antoinette Sandbach and Janet Finch-Saunders, were fired from the shadow cabinet after they failed to back an Assembly motion opposing a proposed “lockstep” system for varying income tax.

Their leader had backed the motion.

A spokesman for the Welsh Conservatives said: “Mr Asghar no longer wished to sit on Public Accounts Committee and has been replaced accordingly.”

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6:22pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Poolerkev says...

Who cares about him? UKIP next for him and his family if they will employ them all.
Who cares about him? UKIP next for him and his family if they will employ them all. Poolerkev
  • Score: 4

7:12pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

Pity all of them don't resign and then we could close the place and save Wales Billions! The money could be spent on Health, education, social services etc;
The common theme, all the above having been devolved!
What a waste the assembly is, and all wasters who ride the gravy train to Cardiff Bay!
Pity all of them don't resign and then we could close the place and save Wales Billions! The money could be spent on Health, education, social services etc; The common theme, all the above having been devolved! What a waste the assembly is, and all wasters who ride the gravy train to Cardiff Bay! Monmouthshire Merlin
  • Score: 6

7:37pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Julesblaina1 says...

Does he think we care, In November 2010, Asghar was one of nine Conservative AMs accused of wrongly claiming expenses for an overnight hotel stay coinciding with the birthday of fellow Assembly member Nick Ramsay.

Accusations of corruption were also levelled at Asghar due to the abnormal pay arrangements he has had with several of his staff, with two staff members remaining on permanent paid leave until the Welsh assembly was dissolved in 2011. Charges of nepotism have also been associated with his staff arrangements, with his daughter Natasha Asghar — who was explicitly banned from his employ by the Plaid Cymru leadership while he was a member of the party — becoming a paid member of his staff upon his defection to the Conservative party. Asghar has gone on record as stating that MEP Jillian Evans offer to give this same daughter work experience was a significant factor in his decision to defect from the Labour party to Plaid Cymru.
Does he think we care, In November 2010, Asghar was one of nine Conservative AMs accused of wrongly claiming expenses for an overnight hotel stay coinciding with the birthday of fellow Assembly member Nick Ramsay. Accusations of corruption were also levelled at Asghar due to the abnormal pay arrangements he has had with several of his staff, with two staff members remaining on permanent paid leave until the Welsh assembly was dissolved in 2011. Charges of nepotism have also been associated with his staff arrangements, with his daughter Natasha Asghar — who was explicitly banned from his employ by the Plaid Cymru leadership while he was a member of the party — becoming a paid member of his staff upon his defection to the Conservative party. Asghar has gone on record as stating that MEP Jillian Evans offer to give this same daughter work experience was a significant factor in his decision to defect from the Labour party to Plaid Cymru. Julesblaina1
  • Score: 12

10:50pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

This whole thing seems like a futile gesture of no consequence to anyone other than Mr Asghar and is another example of an inward looking "club" member taking petty steps that have no public benefit whatsoever.
This whole thing seems like a futile gesture of no consequence to anyone other than Mr Asghar and is another example of an inward looking "club" member taking petty steps that have no public benefit whatsoever. Woodgnome
  • Score: 2

11:27pm Fri 4 Apr 14

scraptheWAG says...

Monmouthshire Merlin wrote:
Pity all of them don't resign and then we could close the place and save Wales Billions! The money could be spent on Health, education, social services etc;
The common theme, all the above having been devolved!
What a waste the assembly is, and all wasters who ride the gravy train to Cardiff Bay!
here here what i have said all along a 500 million per annum waste
[quote][p][bold]Monmouthshire Merlin[/bold] wrote: Pity all of them don't resign and then we could close the place and save Wales Billions! The money could be spent on Health, education, social services etc; The common theme, all the above having been devolved! What a waste the assembly is, and all wasters who ride the gravy train to Cardiff Bay![/p][/quote]here here what i have said all along a 500 million per annum waste scraptheWAG
  • Score: 3

7:31am Sat 5 Apr 14

Poolerkev says...

We need UKIP IN THE BAY!! That would sort them!
We need UKIP IN THE BAY!! That would sort them! Poolerkev
  • Score: 3

8:36am Sat 5 Apr 14

Dai Rear says...

We can't afford Armed Forces to protect our country. We can't afford a competent border guard to keep out illegals. Yet we can afford this nonsense of pretending that itsy bitsy parts of the United Kingdom can have "governments"
We can't afford Armed Forces to protect our country. We can't afford a competent border guard to keep out illegals. Yet we can afford this nonsense of pretending that itsy bitsy parts of the United Kingdom can have "governments" Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

9:12am Sat 5 Apr 14

coalpicker says...

Poolerkev wrote:
Who cares about him? UKIP next for him and his family if they will employ them all.
POOLER KEV You have taken the words out of my mouth. Appears to me
this ethnic is trying valiantly to emulate politicians in the land of his birth
forming a family political dynasty . How anyone can vote for anyone who is
a political chameleon a man who by his history is only concerned by how much he and his family can profit is beyond my understanding. Of course
he is secure in the knowledge that such political creatures are not assassinated in our country.
[quote][p][bold]Poolerkev[/bold] wrote: Who cares about him? UKIP next for him and his family if they will employ them all.[/p][/quote]POOLER KEV You have taken the words out of my mouth. Appears to me this ethnic is trying valiantly to emulate politicians in the land of his birth forming a family political dynasty . How anyone can vote for anyone who is a political chameleon a man who by his history is only concerned by how much he and his family can profit is beyond my understanding. Of course he is secure in the knowledge that such political creatures are not assassinated in our country. coalpicker
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Mr Bump. says...

coalpicker wrote:
Poolerkev wrote:
Who cares about him? UKIP next for him and his family if they will employ them all.
POOLER KEV You have taken the words out of my mouth. Appears to me
this ethnic is trying valiantly to emulate politicians in the land of his birth
forming a family political dynasty . How anyone can vote for anyone who is
a political chameleon a man who by his history is only concerned by how much he and his family can profit is beyond my understanding. Of course
he is secure in the knowledge that such political creatures are not assassinated in our country.
Nobody has voted for the clown. He's been foisted on us through the bloody stupid list system. He'll have to find a new party to get back in next time. You can bank on it being UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]coalpicker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poolerkev[/bold] wrote: Who cares about him? UKIP next for him and his family if they will employ them all.[/p][/quote]POOLER KEV You have taken the words out of my mouth. Appears to me this ethnic is trying valiantly to emulate politicians in the land of his birth forming a family political dynasty . How anyone can vote for anyone who is a political chameleon a man who by his history is only concerned by how much he and his family can profit is beyond my understanding. Of course he is secure in the knowledge that such political creatures are not assassinated in our country.[/p][/quote]Nobody has voted for the clown. He's been foisted on us through the bloody stupid list system. He'll have to find a new party to get back in next time. You can bank on it being UKIP. Mr Bump.
  • Score: 2

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