SWANSEA'S new opposition leader is to be reported to the local government ombudsman just days after taking up the post for an astonishing vitriolic tirade against the new ruling coalition.
David Phillips took over as Labour leader in Swansea from Lawrence Bailey after the party's loss of 13 seats this month relegated it to the opposition on Swansea City and County Council.
Just as members of the ruling Liberal Democrat, Independent and Conservative coalition were getting used to their new seats at the first meeting of the new look council last Thursday, Mr Phillips took a verbal swipe at them.
He asked new council leader, Liberal Democrat Chris Holley, "Does he not think his coalition is a betrayal of the people who voted for his party?
"People did not vote for this devil's cabal of political extremists, crypto-fascists, racists, bigots and other supporters of the far right."
After being asked to moderate his language by newly elected presiding officer Sue Waller, also a Liberal Democrat, he again denounced the new coalition.
He claimed it was made up of, "hypocrites, outright liars, Tories, plain fools and people just there for the money".
Yesterday, independent Ioan Richard, a member of the new coalition, announced his intention to take the matter to the local government ombudsman.
Mr Richard, who represents the Swansea Valley Mawr ward, said, "This is a personal decision, not taken on behalf of the coalition.
"I believe Mr Phillips's speech was against the code of conduct for members adopted by this authority.
"That states that no member or officer shall act in a way which brings this authority into disrepute. I have taken advice on this from the council's monitoring officer and intend making a formal complaint to the ombudsman.
"It is likely that the matter will then be referred to our own standards committee and it is possible an apology might be demanded."
Mr Phillips, unavailable for comment yesterday, explained after last Thursday's meeting he had been venting his feelings about a coalition being formed when voters had cast their votes for certain political parties, not an alliance.
The coalition, which calls itself the Swansea administration, is now firmly in charge having voted its members into influential cabinet posts and to the head of various council committees.
It plans to be more open and will hold a series of council and committee meetings in community settings such as schools and community centres.