Corruption is "endemic" at Westminster, says Plaid Cymru MS


Delyth Jewell (Image: Welsh Parliament). Bae Caerdydd (Image: Gwalia).

Plaid Cymru Senedd member Delyth Jewell has said that corruption seems to be "endemic" at Westminster, while appearing on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions programme.


The candidate for Caerffili in the Senedd election, appeared alongside Welsh Government Health Minister Vaughan Gething, Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds, and the leader of the Conservatives in the Senedd Andrew RT Davies.


The politicians discussed a range of topics, including lobbying at Westminster, independence, and second home and holiday home ownership.


When asked by host Chris Mason about cronyism and corruption at Westminster, Jewell cited the recent Greensill scandal and Russian influence as examples:


"I mean, whether you're talking about David Cameron texting Rishi Sunak, whether we're talking about the influence of Russia in the House of Lords, I mean, corruption seems to be endemic at Westminster."


Lobbying register


Jewell also agreed that there should be an official register of lobbyists in Cymru:


"Yes, I think there should be an official register for lobbyists in Wales and I think this is something that the Senedd, the next Senedd, has to return to certainly."


She added there was "no evidence" of similar levels of corruption in Cymru:

"Let's not ignore the fact that there is no evidence that that there's anything like the corruption in Wales— there's no evidence of any undo influence of Welsh ministers."

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