Gareth Bennett, the Ukip AM who blamed ethnic minorities for waste problems in Cardiff , has been made his party’s spokemsan on… bins.
The South Wales Central AM has been handed responsibility for Sport and Local Government in the National Assembly by group leader Neil Hamilton .
It means he will be responsible for speaking on issues relating to litter and waste collection, which handled by local government in Wales.
During the election campaign, previously unemployed Mr Bennett was accused of a “shocking slur” because of his comments linking ethnic minorities to litter and “hygiene problems” in areas of Cardiff like City Road.
He said “some of the ethnicities… possibly the eastern Europeans, just don’t have any awareness of the hygiene problem that is being caused at times”.
He also described, “lots of problems because of different cultural attitudes, very visible problems of rubbish which is being left on the street uncollected all the time”.
Ukip’s new frontbench
- Ukip group leader Neil Hamilton will be responsible for speaking on the Economy, Farming, Environment and Rural Affairs in the National Assembly.
- South Wales West AM Caroline Jones will be the party’s Assembly Commissioner and speak on Health.
- Former Tory MP Mark Reckless will be the group’s business manager and the spokesman for Education and Finance.
- North Wales AM Michelle Brown will be the spokesperson for Communities, Childcare and Housing.
- And South Wales East AM David Rowlands will speak on Infrastructure and Transport.
- Ukip’s Welsh leader Nathan Gill, who was defeated by Mr Hamilton in the battle for the group leadership in the National Assembly, has not been given any portfolio.
Mr Hamilton said: “I am pleased to announce this list of assembly spokesmen.
“Each individual has a keen interest in the area they will be covering, and will be shadowing the relevant minister.
“UKIP has already made a huge impact in the National Assembly for Wales, and we will continue to stand up for those who elected us over the next five years.”