Review of political group rules to take place before the next Senedd term

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The Business Committee – which determines the scheduling and arrangements for Senedd Business – has decided that a review of political groups will be undertaken before the end of the current term (pdf).

Following the establishment of a Brexit Party group, a number of AMs co-signed a letter to the Committee demanding that the rules be changed to prevent regional list members from joining political groups which don’t have prior representation in the Senedd.

Although the co-signatories didn’t want the rules to apply retrospectively, the Committee decided it would raise matters of fairness and undermine the principle that regional list and constituency members are equal. Nonetheless, they’ve agreed that a review of political group membership should take place.

A petition launched by Nation.Cymru’s Dr Ifan Morgan Jones – largely calling for the same thing – received 1,301 signatures and will now be considered further by the Petitions Committee.