Ukip's Neil Hamilton brands two female politicians 'concubines'


Ukip's Welsh Assembly leader Neil Hamilton has caused outrage during just his second Senedd session after branding two female politicians "concubines".

Former Conservative MP Hamilton made the remarks to the Liberal Democrats' Kirsty Williams and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood moments after the deadlock over Carwyn Jones' re-appointment as First Minister was broken.

Last week Williams had backed Jones' nomination for the post, while on Wednesday Plaid withdrew Wood's name as a rival candidate.

Hamilton sparked uproar after claiming both politicians had "betrayed the interests" of voters, before adding: "I'm afraid these two ladies have made themselves political concubines in Carwyn's harem. What a gruesome concept that will be."

The remarks prompted criticism of the one-time reality TV star, with Williams expressing shock at "his blatant sexist language" while Wood posted her thoughts on Twitter.

Hamilton's election to the Welsh Assembly ended his 19 years in the political wilderness after losing his House of Commons seat in 1997.

However, the 67-year-old has already caused a stir less than a month into his comeback - even coming in for criticism from Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Earlier this month, Farage blasted his own party's decision to appoint Hamilton its leader in the Assembly and fears it could send Ukip backwards.

His comments also prompted criticism on social media - with some users on Twitter calling his comments "astonishing".

Screengrab taken from of Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood

The sexism row looked to have overshadowed the re-election of Jones as First Minister.

Hamilton was Conservative MP for Tatton from 1983 to 1997, but his career as a Tory minister was ended by the cash-for-questions affair - for which he denied any wrongdoing.

He and his wife Christine later reinvented themselves as TV personalities, appearing on a variety of shows including Have I Got News For You, I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! and Celebrity MasterChef.