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‘I’m still working here in Swindon’ – Welsh Secretary says accusations of ‘zombie government’ wide of the mark

18 Aug 2022 3 minute read
Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland. Photo Jonathan Brady PA Images

The Welsh Secretary has said that accusations of the UK being run by a ‘zombie government’ are wide of the mark, saying that he is “still working here in Swindon”.

Robert Buckland, who took over as Welsh Secretary when Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart resigned last month, said that he was still attending regular government meetings from his Swindon South constituancy.

He told the Swindon Advertiser that it was no ‘zombie government’ as “the work of government goes on” despite much of it happening remotely.

“I’m still working at my department, and by the power of modern technology I’m still having meetings – it’s over the web rather than in the building mostly at the moment as Parliament is in recess, but we’re all still working,” he said.

“We are working to be able to present the new Prime Minister with options for their decision the moment they start.

“The government is still working. And I’m still working here in Swindon, and I intend to be here for a long time to come.”

‘Contacts’

Robert Buckland added that he wasn’t worried about a challenge by Heidi Alexander, the former deputy mayor of London and Labour MP who has been selected as the party’s candidate in a bid to oust him at the next General Election.

Heidi Alexander is bidding to win South Swindon, where Robert Buckland has held the seat since 2010 and currently has a majority of around 6,600 votes.

Ms Alexander left her previous seat of Lewisham East in 2018 to become Sadiq Khan’s deputy mayor for transport.

“I get on well with her and respect her, and I expect a good campaign, I’m not worried about a dirty campaign,” Robert Buckland said.

“But I was first elected against a sitting MP who item came back to stand at the next election, so they were both big challenges. Then I faced a very capable candidate twice in Sarah Church.”

He added: “I’ve made a lot of contacts and a lot of friends in the constituency and a lot of people know me and what I have done and am doing and will continue to do for South Swindon and my constituents.”

On receiving the nomination by her local Labour party branch, Heidi Alexander tweeted that the selection “means the world to me”.

“Am determined to build a winning team here and to make a real difference to my home town,” she said.

“It was so good to get straight out onto the doorstep to talk to people about local issues after the selection meeting.”


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Mick Tems
Mick Tems
1 month ago

Swindon? WELSH Secretary? Zombie Government!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

So he is a linked-in regular in the Con Club etc then, he sure does like to polish his own trumpet…

Does he share his future boss’ opinion of the work ethic of 40 million people?

I Humphrys
I Humphrys
1 month ago

Working hard for the people of?

Nia James
Nia James
1 month ago

Is that the Swindon in Blaenau Gwent or the Swindon in Ceredigion?

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  Nia James

It’s the Swindon in Swindon mate ☝️

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Is there any evidence that any Sec of State ‘for’ Wales has ever done anything positive for Wales?

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

He actually was a well thought of Tory Group County Councillor on Dyfed Council…..indeed it’s dynamic Leader.

PS – Group membership- ☝️ ONE

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
1 month ago

So, a Welsh man who couldn’t get elected in Wales is now the Secretary of state for Swindon with an expensive office in Wales 🙄 Ever it was thus 😒🥱

One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
1 month ago

He’s a liar. It’s in the job description for the pointless role of Welsh Secketry.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

My definition of work differs greatly to WS Robert Buckland. Where I work long hours on minimum wage. Pay for my own rent, utility bills & TV licence. Travel to work at my own expense. Use my own money to buy food for dinner breaks. Don’t have the luxury like he does of claiming back those costs on my MP expenses. Have a free house given to me in London. Receive a subsidized food allowance or be given £100k to employ staff to do my work for me which effectively gives me figure head status that enables me to do… Read more »

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