A Tory Senedd candidate has claimed that the “English Parliament is supreme”.
Gavin Chambers, who is standing for the Conservatives in the constituency of Islwyn, also suggested that the Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson can “just repeal the devolution acts” that enabled the creation of national parliaments in Wales and in Scotland.
Mr Chambers, who works as a nurse in the NHS, made the comments in response to Scottish journalist and blogger Jason Michael, who suggested that Scotland should be able to have a referendum on independence following reports that Boris Johnson had called devolution a “disaster”.
Mr Michael said: “If the British prime minister thinks Scottish devolution is such a bad thing, why doesn’t he allow us another independence referendum? That would solve his problem.”
Mr Chambers said: “Why? He can just repeal the devolution acts. English Parliament is supreme over Scotland since 1705.”
Mr Michael replied: “1707 actually, and no, he can’t do that.”
All Welsh Conservative candidates selected for May’s Senedd election have signed a pledge to campaign for “a strong Wales” and “a Welsh Government and a UK Government working together in the interests of the people of Wales”
The Welsh Conservative pledge, signed by all selected candidates states:
- I support a strong Wales being in a strong United Kingdom.
- Being a part of the United Kingdom is the best way to advance Wales’ interests both at home and abroad. Supporting Welsh businesses to trade, protecting and enhancing Welsh culture, and securing the best possible public services that Welsh people and their families rely on.
- As a Welsh Conservative I will continue to campaign for a strong Wales in a strong United Kingdom. With a Welsh Government and a UK Government working together in the interests of the people of Wales.
Announcing the candidates’ commitment to the pledge, Tory Senedd leader Andrew RT Davies said: “We make no apologies for championing the Union and we will rebuild our country by working together and delivering a strong voice for Wales, in a strong United Kingdom.”
“Whilst other mainstream political parties want to flirt with division and fan the flames of separation, Welsh Conservatives are steadfast in the belief that the UK is the best way to advance Wales’ interests both at home and abroad.”
“And as we move out of the pandemic and seek to build our country back better than before, we need governments at both ends of the M4 working together in unison.”