Andrew RT Davies ‘shock’ at news Drakeford will attend event alongside people ejected from Labour
Andrew RT Davies has criticised Mark Drakeford for attending an event alongside individuals who have been expelled from the Labour Party.
The Welsh Conservative Senedd leader expressed “shock” at the news that the First Minister will headline alongside former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and film director Ken Loach.
Drakeford will be speaking at The World Transformed event in Brighton, which is at the same time as the UK Labour Party conference.
Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the party last October after suggesting that antisemitism in the party was “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media”.
Other speakers at The World Transformed event on 29 September include director Ken Loach who was expelled from the Labour Party earlier this month.
He had previously claimed there was a “witch-hunt” after four campaign groups were expelled from Labour following criticism of the way Keir Starmer was tackling antisemitism.
In response to the line-up for the event, The Wales Against Antisemitism group said: “Why does Mark Drakeford, as First Minister of Wales, think it appropriate to speak at this event, given antisemitism controversies involving many of his fellow speakers?”
‘Lack of judgement’
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies MS said: “This demonstrates a huge lack of judgment and sensitivity on the First Minister’s part.
“Drakeford’s actions begs the question of why he thinks it is appropriate to make friends with those Sir Keir Starmer has said has no place in the Party.
“Is there trouble in paradise between the UK and Welsh leaders given the event is for those who feel ‘increasingly alienated’ by Starmer’s leadership?”
The World Transformed is marketed as a “welcoming space for a new generation of young activists who supported Corbyn’s leadership” but feel “increasingly alienated” by Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour.
Welsh Labour have been approached for a response.