Andrew RT Davies claims ‘other parties went backwards’ despite heavy local election losses for Tories
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has defended his party’s results in last week’s local elections and says despite a bruising campaign for the Tories, ‘other parties went backwards’.
The Conservatives lost almost half their councillors in Wales following Thursday’s vote, dropping 86 wards to 111 and also lost control of Monmouthshire, the only council they held in the country without the help of independents.
Including the results in England and Scotland, they suffered a net loss of 12 authorities and 401 councillors following the vote.
Mr Davies remained upbeat despite the setbacks however, and praised the calibre of candidates that were elected across Wales.
“Things might not have gone our way in some areas of Wales, but lots of fantastic Welsh Conservative candidates have been elected to authorities up and down the country.
“I have no doubt that they will now hit the ground running and work tirelessly for their communities, delivering on their pledges,” he said.
“Let’s not forget that Welsh Conservatives fielded the highest number of candidates ever and increased the number of candidates at these elections whilst other parties went backwards.
“We have a strong Welsh Conservative brand, but we went into these elections with a difficult national picture, and it appears that has had an impact.
“We have to build on that strong Welsh Conservative brand in the coming months.
“A huge thank you must go to every single person who turned out to vote for the Welsh Conservatives, all of our candidates and our fantastic volunteers who have been working tirelessly over the last few months.”
Turn things around
Speaking at the weekend the outgoing Conservative leader of Monmouthshire council said the party was not currently in a position “to win the next general election”.
Richard John told BBC Politics Wales “I don’t think the party is in a position right now where it’s poised to win the next general election.”
“I really do think the party needs to move with urgency to consider how we can make sure we’re in the best place possible to win the next general election.
“We are not going to do it by appealing to the right, we’ve got to move to the centre ground.
“That compassionate agenda about appealing to families – what we’re going to do to show that we’re in touch and demonstrate that we understand the challenges that people are facing – I don’t think the government is quite in that place right now.”
After Labour triumphed in Cardiff, winning a third term in power, Cllr Adrian Robson, leader of the Conservative group also called for change and said MPs need to decide whether to keep Boris Johnson on as Prime Minister or face more election losses.
“Conservative votes are splitting all over the place. I think the MPs in Westminster need to make a decision and decide what that decision is. It’s not up to me to say who the Prime Minister should be,” he said.
“It’s for the MPs to get together and say right, we’re going to back the current prime minister and come up with a strategy for how we’re going to win the general election, how we’re going to win the Senedd election, and how we’re going to win local elections in Wales.
“If they decide they can’t do that, then they need to make the change but we can’t have another two years of what we’ve had because that’ll just mean we’ll lose the general election and continue to haemorrhage councillors.”
An editorial in the Telegraph newspaper at the weekend said the local elections in Wales were “catastrophic” for the Conservatives and leaves them in a “nightmare” position heading into a General Election.
“Wales voted Leave, and underwent a partial Tory renaissance that has now gone into reverse,” they said. “The Welsh Tories lost their only council and nearly half their seats.
“They’d also been establishing themselves as the best Unionist alternative to the SNP in Scotland, yet they fell back to third place.”
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Mynd yn dwpach wrthydydd!
Oes angen help arno tybed?
Ie, fel llawer o aelodau anodd mae angen deprogramming
If a Lib Dem increase of 10 on the night, becoming largest group (1st time for a political party) and likely to be at the heart of the next administration in Powys is going backwards then I look forward to going backward in each of the next westminster, senedd and council elections too.
Well I voted for you, Pete, mainly to keep the tory out which sadly is the voting decision I have to make every time. The big question is: When will the parties of the left and centre get real about destroying the politics of division and exploitation by uniting on a one-time platform of getting PR though Westminster?
Is he living in the same universe as the rest of us?
There is so little evidence to suggest he is.
The man is insane and a joke.
The Welsh Conservatives got given the big “Ta, no thanks…..Dim diolch”, because you can’t say you want the best for Cymru when your entire reason for political existence is to conserve what the Tories in England wish to conserve, i.e. the power of the Monarchy and all of the privileges and opportunity to run scams with the hyper-capitalists that that institution affords them. A truly Welsh Conservative would seek to preserve the power and democracy of Senedd, push for greater funds for the preservation of the coast and the many chapels that are under threat from unscrupulous developers, would look… Read more »
He is not right, he said the ” other parties went backwards” when Labour LibDem and independents all gained, he should have said Plaid lost 6 councillors, then he would have been right, but that would make the 86 his party lost make him look silly.
Talk about grabbing at straws.. Besides Monmouthshire Council the Welsh Conservatives & Andrew RT Davies have also lost the plot.
Plaid lost councillors. Unionist parties gained them and in many cases Independents are Tories under a flag of convenience and they gained them too.
Even with some agreeably reprehensible Tory behaviour Plaid managed to fail to capitalise.o
You need to back the right horse, big man
Deluded. Simply deluded.
Do his bright red cheeks give away his state of mi d. Time to breathlize these nutters. He lost big time
In his mind he clearly lives on another planet.
“Let’s not forget that Welsh Conservatives fielded the highest number of candidates ever”
Ynys Môn: candidates fielded – 35. Candidates elected nil. That’s the kind of result we like.
Does “backwards” mean something different to Tories than to normal people?
Mr Davies is living on another planet if he believes the other parties went backwards. As for this fixation by the Tory press about – Wales voted out – I would hardly call just over 3% a big majority, what about the almost 50% who didn’t want to leave, do they not exist? Brexit has been such a disaster that slim majority is long gone.
OMG! Have I woken up in some parallel universe, this tw*t is completely deluded.
He is just like the man who puts £ 10 in a slot machine, and tells everybody hes a winner, because he walked away with a £1. He is only fooling himself.
The toxic toraidhs have no place in Wales or Scotland. That is plain for all to see, apart from Andrew RT Davies!
Get them gone!
While a captain traditionally does go down with his ship, so good luck there, telling all its passengers ‘we’re not sinking’ is delusional.
You’d have thought the penny should have dropped by now as to how unpopular his English conservative policies are in Wales .
“Welsh Conservatives fielded the highest number of candidates ever and increased the number of candidates at these elections whilst other parties went backwards” – but you lost 44% of your seats in Wales and in a democracy that is the only indication of a Party’s popularity and success.
It’s clearly obvious that ‘RT Farty’ is grovelling and brown-nosing to his lord and master, the corrupt deluded serial liar Bonking Bozo, the so-called PM. The citizens of Wales of are too astute and sensible not to believe such tory stinking bilge,
Everyday, The UK Conservative Party is looking more like Putin and his so called ‘United Russia?’ mob. Totally corrupt and hypocritical, in a fake illusion of reality.
This is why our people feel in solidarity with the Ukraine.
We are peoples of two nations that are struggling for our right of become an independence nation against powers that would deny us of that basic right and the right of association in Europe.
Only Andrew RT Davies would make such a rediculous statement lol. Other parties gone backwards. Keep taking the medication. 🥴🇬🇧
Andrew RT Davies auditions for role of Black Knight.
lets call a spade a spade. This was a bad election for the tories and for plaid, and a good election for labour and Lib Dems.
tories obviously hit by scandals but why were plaid so bad?
Plaid Cymru now have considerably more councillors in Wales than the Tories after being behind them before last week’s elections. Also, they still have many more councillors than the Lib Dems (who should probably rename themselves Plaid Powys btw) in Wales. PC also gained outright control of three additional councils on top of the one they already held. I suspect the Tories and Lib Dems would have given their right arms for that sort of failure!! 😂😂
Has RT got a driving licence? I’m a bit concerned about meeting him on the road. He doesn’t seem to know the difference between backwards and forwards.
That’s the health secretary u need to worry about.
Hahahahahaha! Good one.
Don’t you mean Jamie Wallis, the Tory MP.
Please keep comical Andrew as Tory leader.