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Thursday, 8 March, 2001, 17:29 GMT
Resignation call thrown out
newspaper story about Seimon Glyn
Glyn's outburst attracted huge media attention
A motion calling for the resignation of Seimon Glyn, the Plaid Cymru politician at the centre of the row about English migration into north Wales, has been defeated.

The vote of no confidence was called for by the Labour group on Gwynedd council but they were outside the meeting in protest when it was taken.

Labour was demanding Mr Glyn's resignation as chairman of the council's housing committee - after he said his community was under threat from a "tidal wave of migraton" from England.

Mr Glyn caused uproar following his criticism of English people buying homes in Gwynedd.

Councillor Seimon Glyn
Seimon Glyn addresses a rally in Caernarfon
He said house prices were spiralling out of the reach of local people and he warned that Welsh speaking communities were dying on their feet.

Branded a racist by the Labour party, Plaid Cymru later said that he had apologised unreservedly.

But later, speaking on the BBC Wales programme Week In Week Out, he said he stood by his views.

Labour councillors have now moved a motion of no confidence in him as chair - and they want him to resign immediately.

Mr Glyn received support along with criticism after his comments were made.

He received more than 200 e-mailed messages of support from fellow party members who believe he was right to speak out.

In my opinion, it is no use to the community to have retired people from England coming down here to live and being a drain on our resources

Simon Glyn speaking to BBC Wales in January

And, despite ferocious attacks from many quarters, Mr Glyn told BBC Wales that he had no regrets about the outburst which caused uproar.

Mr Glyn - chairman of Gwynedd County Council's housing committee - was forced to apologise last month after saying there should be stricter controls on the numbers of English people moving into north Wales.

He described English as a "foreign language" and said retired people moving over to Wales were a "drain on resources".

When the inevitable backlash came, Plaid colleagues rushed to his aid, saying his comments had been taken out of context.

President Ieuan Wyn Jones issued strict instructions to any other party members that if they chose to speak on the same emotive issue in future, they should take care that their words were not misconstrued.

Speaking to BBC Wales's current affairs programme, Week In Week Out, on Tuesday, Mr Glyn stood by his statements.


I did choose pretty powerful language - but it's a pretty powerful crisis. I don't regret it

Simon Glyn

"Nobody should have to defend themselves for highlighting issues to do with the language of their community, or the economic situation within the community, or the fact that the community is unable to absorb inward migration," he said.

In response to claims that his comments were too extreme, he replied: "I did choose pretty powerful language - but it's a pretty powerful crisis." And, he added: "I don't regret it".

Although Mr Glyn's comments raised the hackles of many, support for what he said has come from a number of quarters.

Sion Jobbins, Plaid's prospective parliamentary candidate for Cardiff North, has attacked his own party leadership for not doing enough to support Mr Glyn.

Mr Jobbins sent an e-mail urging fellow members to support him, and to date around 200 replies had been received.

"This man has been hounded for raising an important issue," he said.

"He has nothing to apologise for".

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Councillor Simon Glyn
"I chose powerful language - it's a pretty powerful crisis"
BBC Wales's Rhuanedd Richards
"There is no doubt that this is the biggest issue to face Ieuan Wyn Jones since becoming president of Plaid Cymru"
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