Complaint after Jim Wells appears to make sexist remark in Assembly
Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has submitted a formal complaint to the Assembly Commissioner for Standards after DUP MLA Jim Wells was recorded allegedly making a sexist comments.
A microphone picked up Mr Wells making the comments during an open session of the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee on February 3 last week.
In remark to fellow MLA Ross Hussey at the start of the hearing Mr Wells appears to say: "I can’t cope with women between eight and 80 ...".
The remark can be heard in the video above from around the one minute mark. Mr Dickson has now written to the Assembly Commissioner for Standards, Douglas Bain, to see whether they represent a breach of the Assembly Code of conduct.
"The Code states members should promote equality of opportunity and not discriminate against any person regardless of anything. That would clearly not be the case if such comments as alleged were made," he said.
"I have asked the Commissioner to investigate urgently whether the Assembly has been brought into disrepute. I look forward to his response and Mr Wells’ explanation of his alleged comments."
The DUP has been contacted for comment on the claims.
Jim Wells can't cope with women between 8 and 80. Calls them bast*rds. Shocking arrogance from a nasty bit of works. pic.twitter.com/GYYsZ1paEH— Emmet McDonoughBrown (@EmmetMcDB) February 9, 2016