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Andrew RT Davies votes to abolish Secretary of State role

27 Jun 2024 3 minute read
L: Leader of the Tory Senedd Group Andrew RT Davies – R: Secretary of State for Wales David TC Davies

Emily Price

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd Andrew RT Davies has voted in support of a motion for the UK Government to abolish the role of Secretary of State for Wales.

The debate on Wednesday (June 26) saw Plaid Cymru raise owed HS2 consequentials and the Welsh Government’s previous commitment to devolving justice and Crown Estate assets as evidence that the role is “outdated” and does not effectively serve the interests of Welsh people.

The Senedd’s voting record has revealed that the leader of the Senedd Tories voted with Plaid Cymru MSs to axe the Secretary of State for Wales role.

This is despite the rest of his group voting against the Plaid Cymru motion.

Senedd voting record

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A Plaid Cymru spokesperson said: “Andrew RT Davies makes huge play of the fact that every Senedd vote counts and we agree with him.

“We look forward to him taking his view forward within the Conservative party that the role of Welsh Secretary should be scrapped.”

Mr Davies did not speak during the debate but his fellow Tory MS Mark Isherwood praised the work of the Wales Office describing it as “Wales’s best advocate in Westminster”.

He added: “It is tiresome that the same nationalist talking point has reared its head again, driven by Plaid Cymru’s purpose and desire to divide and destabilise.”

The Welsh Tories had tabled an amendment to the motion calling for the next UK Government to ensure that Wales’s voice “continues to be given prominence in the Cabinet” via the appointment of a Secretary of State for Wales.

Mr Davies also voted in favour of his own party’s motion.

The most recent Secretary of State for Wales, David TC Davies has served in the role since 2022 representing Welsh interests across Whitehall on matters which are not devolved.

Speaking ahead of the debate, he said: “I’m absolutely astounded that the so-called ‘party of Wales’ is now wanting to silence Wales’ voice at the top table.

“Every single week, in cabinet and elsewhere, I speak up and champion Wales and ensure our best interests are heard.”

We asked Andrew RT Davies why he chose to vote to abolish the Secretary of State role.

He said: “Simple mistake. I thought our amendment was being voted on.”


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John
John
17 days ago

Os fu na dwat erioed!

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
17 days ago

Incompetant Clown!!!

Frank
Frank
17 days ago

A bit of sense from a Conservative.

Paul ap Gareth
Paul ap Gareth
17 days ago
Reply to  Frank

Read the last sentence of the article:
He said: “Simple mistake. I thought our amendment was being voted on.”

John Ellis
John Ellis
17 days ago
Reply to  Paul ap Gareth

That makes sense!

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
17 days ago

I smelled a rat here and wondered what was going on but all is clear now. It was just pure incompetence.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
17 days ago

Oh man hilarious

Nia James
Nia James
17 days ago

It is fantastic to hear that the penny has finally dropped for Andrew.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
17 days ago

This is the one and only time Andrew RT Davies had actually voted in the interest of Wales. Next on his to-do list? For him to vote to abolish the Welsh Conservative party. Look, this man is a useless politician, who thought Brexit was breakfast during his infamous conference speech. So I’m not wholly surprised he’s computer illiterate and voted by mistake as he doesn’t know his arsenal from his elbow.

Elaine
Elaine
17 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Probably so but I can’t help wondering whether it was a Freudian mistake knowing how much he resents not being the Leader Of The Welsh Conservatives, it’s irked him for years!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
17 days ago
Reply to  Elaine

My thoughts exactly…

Valley girl
Valley girl
17 days ago

Diolch, diolch, Andrew Davies.

TheWoodForTheTrees
TheWoodForTheTrees
17 days ago

Simple mistake or the mistake of a simpleton?
🤔

Annibendod
Annibendod
17 days ago

And there was me thinking it was just cynical expediency – ARTD2 does a comic spin once again!

Last edited 17 days ago by Annibendod
Riki
Riki
17 days ago

Well, who needs English policies when you have people like them in our parliament. I see we definitely don’t deserve a seat at the UN with people like these, servile would be the kindest word I could use to describe them!

John Ellis
John Ellis
17 days ago

That won’t earn him any brownie points in CCHQ.

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