Welsh Government adviser removed after less than a week

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An adviser appointed by the Welsh Government at the request of Merthyr Tydfil Council was removed from post after four days.

Kate Allsop, a former mayor of Mansfield, was removed after it was announced she was selected to stand as a Westminister candidate for the Brexit Party in Mansfield. She was one of two advisers sent to support the local authority, which has faced financial and political pressures.

Local Government & Housing Minister, Julie James (Lab, Swansea West) said, “I am grateful for the work that Kate had already undertaken as part of our support package with the council. However, as she has declared her intention to stand as an MP it would be inappropriate for her to continue in her role as an independent adviser.”

Former leader of Bridgend Council, Jeff Jones said, “I find it extraordinary that this individual was appointed in the first place on the advice of civil servants. She’s on the record in the past as describing herself as ‘true blue’. This is very embarrassing for the Labour government.”