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David TC Davies is the new Welsh Secretary after Robert Buckland resignation

25 Oct 2022 4 minute read
David T.C. Davies. Picture by Richard Townshend (CC BY 3.0).

David TC Davies is the new Welsh Secretary after his predecessor Robert Buckland’s resignation today.

The Monmouth MP has been a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales at the Welsh Office since December 2019.

He also backed Rishi Sunak in the latest leadership contest, after formerly backing Liz Truss in September.

Robert Buckland’s predecessor, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart, has been made Chief Whip.

The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies MS said: “The Prime Minister has made it clear that we need to put people’s needs above politics and has acted decisively to appoint a cabinet of talent from across our Party.  

“I am particularly pleased to see David TC Davies returning to the Wales Office, now as the Secretary of State for Wales.  

“David will be invaluable in ensuring Wales is at the heart of the UK Government, especially drawing on his experience as an Assembly Member before becoming an MP. I know he will continue to be a superb champion for our country now around the cabinet table.  

“David has been a good friend to many of us, including myself over many years. I look forward to continuing the strong and positive relationship between the Senedd Group, the Party and the Wales Office to deliver for Wales together.” 

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‘Grateful’

Earlier today Robert Buckland resigned at Welsh Secretary after meeting with Rishi Sunak.

In a letter to new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak amid today’s Cabinet reshuffle, he said that he was submitting his resignation from the government, having taken on the role under Boris Johnson after Simon Hart’s resignation in July.

Buckland, who is from Llanelli, was a controversial choice of Welsh Secretary as he represented a non-Welsh constituency in South Swindon.

The choice of a Welsh Secretary who did not represent a Welsh Constituency was cited by Bridgend MP Jamie Wallis when he called for former Prime Minister Liz Truss to resign.

Robert Buckland has also abandoned Rishi Sunak for Liz Truss during the Conservative leadership campaign in the summer, making his place in the Cabinet less secure.

In his resignation letter to the new Prime Minister he said: “Firstly, my congratulations on your election as Leader of the Conservative Party and your appointment by His Majesty The King this morning as Prime Minister.

“I am grateful to you for our meeting earlier. At my request, I am writing to submit my resignation from the Government.

“It has been a huge honour to serve four Prime Ministers on the front bench for seven and a half years, most latterly as Secretary of State for Wales.

“At the Wales Office, I was able to make significant progress on our Levelling Up agenda, launching the Welsh Freeports bidding process and continuing the roll out of the Shared Prosperity Fund. It was the honour of my life to have helped to lead the ceremonial events in Cardiff on the sad death of her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Accession of His Majesty The King last month.

“I have always been proud to be a unionist, proud to be Welsh, and proud to serve in the UK Government. I firmly believe that we are one family and one nation with shared values, and we are stronger together, which is why I was proud to serve once again in Cabinet.

“As Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, working alongside you in Cabinet, I was deeply proud to lead generational reforms to sentencing law, divorce law reform, better support for victims of rape and serious sexual offences, reform of the Probation Service and oversight of the massive prison-building programme, as well as having responsibility for managing the prison estate during the Covid emergency.

“You can be assured of my support from the backbenches as we deal with the economic and security crisis that faces us. We have to now come together to deliver our 2019 Manifesto and to ensure that our country emerges stronger from the storms that beset us.

“I will continue to serve my fellow residents in South Swindon as I have done since 2010, and I am also looking forward to working on issues relating to autism and employment with you and would like to lead a Review as to how business and private enterprise can help us bridge the employment gap, which for autistic people is just too great.”


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Crwtyn Cemais
Crwtyn Cemais
1 month ago

Wel, o leiaf mae hwn yn medru’r Gymraeg ac yn deall Cymru’n well ‘na Simon Hart. Ond eto wrth gwrs, aros mae’r ffaith taw lleiafrif o bleidleisiau yng Nghymru cafodd ei Blaid e nol yn Rhagfyr 2019 ~ Well, at least this one speaks Welsh and understands Wales better than Simon Hart. Yet again, the fact remains that his Party received a minority of votes in Wales back in December 2019.

Steve George
Steve George
1 month ago

Ah! The government of all the talents!

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve George

Cruella is back. Priti Evil is back.
Apparently the answer to Tory chaos is same Tories doing the same things in the same ways.
Utterly revolted.

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve George

😊🤣

George Atkinson
George Atkinson
1 month ago

Biggest bradwr in Wales. He will do everything in his power to crap on our country.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Seeing David “Wales should not get one penny of HS2 consequential” TC Davies is like stepping in something foul , wiping your shoe in the grass, only to find the same dirty dog dumped twice. That’s the reaction I get when I see the motormouth of Monmouth ugly mug. 🤬

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
1 month ago

So the pointless role designed to insult Cymru continues. They are going to be cutting and slashing services for all they are worth, but keep the totally useless offices going.
New PM. Same old Tories. Just swapped the face from fat man to greasy man.

DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
1 month ago

The title Welsh Secretary is the same as days of Empire given to Colonies only they called them governer general same horse different jockey we are not a province or a colony of england

Kenneth Vivian
Kenneth Vivian
1 month ago

Testing

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Talent? Talent?? OMG.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
1 month ago

could you get any more anti Wales than this clown.

Vyvyan
Vyvyan
1 month ago

David Total See-you-next-Tuesday Davies MP

Harry Williamson
Harry Williamson
1 month ago

Secretary of State for EnglandandWales

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
1 month ago

David TC Davies really lives up to his middle initials.

He certainly is a TC

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
30 days ago

God help us.

Quornby Pvt
Quornby Pvt
26 days ago

Saw him interviewed this morning……the fool was arguing with himself. His job is redundant so why is he being paid?,

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