Labour MS with two different number plates on her car committed no offence, say police

-Credit: (Image: Senedd/Ben Evans)
-Credit: (Image: Senedd/Ben Evans)

A Labour MS who had two different number plates on her car committed no offences, South Wales Police have said. The Labour Party has lifted the suspension it imposed on Rhianon Passmore on Wednesday night after photographs of the car emerged.

Ms Passmore, the Islwyn MS, was initially suspended after the Guido Fawkes website published a photograph a car which appeared to have two different number plates on the front, one hanging off. South Wales Police has now said that the reason was that adhesive tape had become defective on her car and the number plate had fallen off.

A statement from the force said: "South Wales Police has looked into a report received concerning a defective number plate on a car which is parked within the Senedd car park in Cardiff Bay.

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"It appears that the adhesive tape which secures the number plate to the car has become ineffective and the number plate has fallen off. The car remains on private property and as such, no offence has been identified. The owner of the car is aware of the matter."

Publicly available data on car registrations shows that the number plate with with sticky tape on it had been the registration of the car until earlier this year.

Labour had said it had "administratively" suspended the MS, but that it has now been lifted. A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The Labour Party expects our elected representatives to uphold the highest standards in public life. "All complaints are investigated in accordance with the Party’s complaints procedures."