HART UNDER FIRE.
The Gower MP, who is accused of urging top officials to oust Charles Willie from his role as head of the National Assembly's quality policy unit, was not making any comment today, a senior assembly government spokeswoman said.
'It is a staffing issue and, therefore, a matter for the Permanent Secretary (Jon Shortridge),' she said.
Last year Mr Willie took the assembly to an employment tribunal alleging he had been constructively dismissed from his job after he failed to be re-appointed to head the equality policy unit when the post was re-graded. The assembly denied constructive dismissal. An out-of-tribunal settlement was made.
In a statement, Mr Shortridge said: 'Mr Willie was not constructively dismissed. Ministers had no involvement in the way that external complaints about Mr Willie were handled.
'There was nothing unusual or improper about the way in which the head of the enhanced equality policy division was appointed.'
He added: 'It is misleading to suggest that Mrs Hart urged senior assembly officials to remove Mr Willie from his job.'