Neil Hamilton offends female AMs in 'ghastly' Welsh Assembly debut
Ukip’s new Welsh champion does not seem to be targeting the womens' vote.
Neil Hamilton has begun his new life as leader of UKIP's seven-strong group in the Welsh Assembly firing 'sexist' jibes at two senior female AMs.
In his maiden Senedd speech, Hamilton took aim at both Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and Lib Dem AM Kirsty Williams, describing them as "political concubines" in Carwyn Jones' "harem". For good measure, he also called Wood a "cheap date".
Jones, the Welsh Labour leader, was today reappointed as first minister after a deal with Plaid Cymru ended a week of deadlock.
Hamilton claimed that Williams had "frustrated the desire of the Welsh people to bring about change" and that Wood had "betrayed the interests of the voters who put her where she is".
The former Tory MP added: "So I'm afraid that these two ladies have just made themselves political concubines in Carwyn's hareem. What a gruesome prospect that must be…
"Instead of the new dawn we’ve now got a total eclipse, because instead of having decisions made in full transparency, we’ve got a series of shadowy committees which will come together in dodgy deals, behind the scenes. This is the way things are going to go in the future, doing dodgy deals that exclude other minority parties in this chamber."
Hamilton went on to further speak his mind about Wood's dealings with Labour.
He said: "When you look at the list of demands or achievements, which Plaid have managed to extort from Labour, then I’m afraid to say that Leanne Wood has proved to be a very cheap date indeed, because the power that she had in her hands, with assistance both from the Conservative group and from the Ukip group has actually not been used to its full potential."
The Ukip politician's comments were slammed as "sexist" by Williams, while former Lib Dem candidate Bridget Fox called Hamilton "ghastly".
Hamilton lost his seat in the Commons in 1997 in the wake of the cash-for-questions scandal. Speaking after the debate, the former Conservative MP said he did not regret making the remark. Turning to a formulation once famously employed by his old Tory colleague Norman Lamont, Hamilton told BBC Wales: "Je ne regrette rien."
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