Alun Davies, the former Labour Minister of Natural Resources and Food, has been sacked by the First Minister.
This is following news that he attempted to mount a smear campaign against five Assembly Members, including Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams and William Powell, by requesting private information about agricultural payments.
Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, reacted to the sacking by saying:
"The actions of Alun Davies as a Minister are atrocious and completely unacceptable for anyone serving in public office.
"Alun Davies has been mired with controversy throughout his ministerial term. Aside from the actions that have come to light today, his inappropriate lobbying over the Circuit of Wales left the ministerial rule book in tatters. His behaviour has left the First Minister with no choice but to sack him, but the fact that this was not done sooner calls into question the First Minister's own judgement.
"I am proud to be married to a farmer. Our family has been farming in Brecon and Radnorshire for over 100 years. The fact that Alun Davies used his Ministerial office to start a smear campaign against those that dared to hold him to account is disgraceful.
"It is thoroughly disappointing that it has taken the First Minister this long to act and sack Alun Davies. This whole situation has been handled shambolically from the beginning by the First Minister, and is yet another embarrassing chapter for this floundering Welsh Labour Government."