FORMER Welsh Conservative chairman Sir Eric Howells has been suspended from the party for threatening to support an unofficial candidate, a party spokesman said today.
Tory chiefs in London suspended Sir Eric, an honorary life president of the party, for three months.
It came on the advice of Welsh Conservative officials after he gave an interview to BBC Wales’s Dragon’s Eye programme.
In it he said the Conservative Association in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, a Tory target seat in May’s Assembly election, had been “hijacked”.
He threatened to support an unofficial candidate instead of Angela Burns. She was selected after the previous candidate, John Jenkins, stood down last year when he came under fire for allegedly describing homosexuality as a medical condition on a website in 2003.
A party spokesman said: “I can confirm that Sir Eric has been suspended for three months.”