Conservative AM suggests cross-party coalition Welsh Government as Covid-19 concerns grow
Welsh Conservative Andrew RT Davies has suggested that the party would be willing to join the Welsh Government in order to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
The South Wales Central AM said that he was critical of some of the government’s handling of the crisis, particularly in relation to the lack of support given to farmers.
“Given the current circumstances with political representation and scrutiny from AMs significantly reduced, a National Unity Government in Wales is going up the agenda,” he said.
“Cooperation across parties is vital and would ensure all parts of Wales, including our rural communities, feel represented at a time of great national worry.”
He said that a number of farmers across Wales have contacted him as the Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs asking when the Welsh Government will make an announcement measures to support farmers and rural communities.
An oral statement was originally slated for Tuesday’s plenary agenda, before normal proceedings were shelved in light of the ‘lockdown’ and self-distancing advice. Members are still waiting for the written statement to arrive.
“The silence so far from the Welsh Labour Government’s rural affairs department during the coronavirus crisis is a grave concern for rural communities across Wales,” he said.
“Rural Wales and agriculture has traditionally been a blind-spot for the Welsh Labour Government and this has been summed up through a dire lack of action so far.
“Livestock markets are shutting, businesses have cash-flow issues and farmers have concerns over inspections, grant applications and the potential for new water regulations, yet we’ve not heard anything from the Minister for weeks.
“After the Assembly session was essentially scrapped on Tuesday, Members were promised a statement, yet we are still waiting.”