‘Silent code’ Islwyn AM hits back over criticisms

Campaign Series: Islwyn AM Gwyn Price in his Assembly office in Cardiff Islwyn AM Gwyn Price in his Assembly office in Cardiff

THE Islwyn AM set to stand down in 2016 has suggested he prefers to ask questions outside of Assembly sessions rather than in them.

Labour’s Gwyn Price has faced mockery on social media after saying he is to step down at the next election to spend more time with his family.

But the AM told the Argus he has no complaints from his constituents – and Caerphilly council’s leader Harry Andrews said he will be missed.

On Wednesday his Wikipedia page was vandalised to say he was leaving the Assembly to concentrate on an autobiography called “Code of Silence”.

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One Welsh Lib Dem researcher, Will Griffiths, said on Twitter that his decision was “no loss... since he rarely spoke or contributed in Assembly proceedings.”

His office has dismissed criticism of Mr Price’s perceived lack of contribution to the Assembly as party political and said Mr Price tables a number of questions to ministers.

Mr Price, 65, had spoken during First Minister’s Questions in the Assembly on Tuesday.

“I do ask questions. I’ve got loads of questions that I ask,” he said. “I’ve got a style that I’ve used all my life, where I approach people maybe in corridors and get the answer.

“Where perhaps others may need to say it in the chamber, I didn’t feel I needed to do that.”

Mr Price, former deputy leader of Caerphilly council who trained as a miner at the age of 15, said he is happy for what he does for his constituents “because I have had no complaints at all”.

As well as asking questions of ministers, AMs also take part in other debates in the Assembly, like on the proposed smacking ban or on the Williams Commission.

The AM, elected in 2011, was asked what was the last debate he contributed to the Assembly, but he didn’t recall one in his answer: “The debating part, to me, I do it out in the corridors, I do it through my surgeries and I do it through my committees.

“I look, I listen, I take it all in. If I think my colleagues are covering the questions then, that’s the way it is, because I am somebody who gets things done for my constituents here.”

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8:51am Fri 21 Feb 14

KarloMarko says...

Shame he is standing down! He could have combined his role with the tea lady seeing how much time he spends wandering the corridors!

"Multi tasking" as we say down the Bay. And Dame Rosemary wants forty more happy little helpers, just like him.

I suspect the reason he gets no complaints is that no one knows he exists.
Shame he is standing down! He could have combined his role with the tea lady seeing how much time he spends wandering the corridors! "Multi tasking" as we say down the Bay. And Dame Rosemary wants forty more happy little helpers, just like him. I suspect the reason he gets no complaints is that no one knows he exists. KarloMarko
  • Score: 10

10:05am Fri 21 Feb 14

Llanmartinangel says...

This institution really is a money pit which is achieving nothing. Over half a £billion a year and they've just recruited 400 more pen-pushers and want 40 more windbags on over 50k pa plus expenses. I'd rather a new M4 and a working NHS thanks.
This institution really is a money pit which is achieving nothing. Over half a £billion a year and they've just recruited 400 more pen-pushers and want 40 more windbags on over 50k pa plus expenses. I'd rather a new M4 and a working NHS thanks. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 7

1:41pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Stormin Norman says...

Letter to Mr Lazy (aka Gwyn R Price AM)

Mr Lazy

I am so glad that you have decided to stand down. It must have been a heart wrenching decision to make, with the loss of salary and expenses.

I must say you are probably one of the laziest and incompetent politicians I have ever come across. You are a disgrace and let down hardworking politicians of all parties.

What have you achieved since becoming an AM for this great constituency - absolutely nothing!!!!!

All we hear from you is how you like to visit areas not in your constituency and you shopping habits.

Are you mistaken when you say you do all your talking I the corridors. Are you confused with the talking you do in the aisles of supermarkets.

I hope that the person who is selected to replace you will not be as lazy and useless as your good self. What we need in Islwyn is someone who cares about ordinary families.

Despite the way that our MP is grooming himself as a clone of Blair / Clinton one thing you can say is that he cares about ordinary people and their struggles. He is always in the paper and dare I say it raising the plight of his voters on parliament. He also visits projects and people in his constituency on a regular basis.

I hope the next AM follows the path of out MP and not Mr Lazy.

mr lazy, happy retirement but most of your constituents think that you've been retired for years!!
Letter to Mr Lazy (aka Gwyn R Price AM) Mr Lazy I am so glad that you have decided to stand down. It must have been a heart wrenching decision to make, with the loss of salary and expenses. I must say you are probably one of the laziest and incompetent politicians I have ever come across. You are a disgrace and let down hardworking politicians of all parties. What have you achieved since becoming an AM for this great constituency - absolutely nothing!!!!! All we hear from you is how you like to visit areas not in your constituency and you shopping habits. Are you mistaken when you say you do all your talking I the corridors. Are you confused with the talking you do in the aisles of supermarkets. I hope that the person who is selected to replace you will not be as lazy and useless as your good self. What we need in Islwyn is someone who cares about ordinary families. Despite the way that our MP is grooming himself as a clone of Blair / Clinton one thing you can say is that he cares about ordinary people and their struggles. He is always in the paper and dare I say it raising the plight of his voters on parliament. He also visits projects and people in his constituency on a regular basis. I hope the next AM follows the path of out MP and not Mr Lazy. mr lazy, happy retirement but most of your constituents think that you've been retired for years!! Stormin Norman
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5:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Mr Bump. says...

I commented on the story the other day and also mentioned the wikipedia page. I can assure you my feelings are not party political. He has been a bone idle, non entity, It's time the AM's were accountable. It seems to me they are given handsome reward for very little work. Shame on him.
I commented on the story the other day and also mentioned the wikipedia page. I can assure you my feelings are not party political. He has been a bone idle, non entity, It's time the AM's were accountable. It seems to me they are given handsome reward for very little work. Shame on him. Mr Bump.
  • Score: 1

10:33pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Abertillery29 says...

Isn't this typical of how many politicians work. Whispered meetings in corridors, pubs etc deciding what is going to happen outside the scrutiny of the chamber.
Isn't this typical of how many politicians work. Whispered meetings in corridors, pubs etc deciding what is going to happen outside the scrutiny of the chamber. Abertillery29
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