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‘Inevitable consequences’ if Boris Johnson loses support of Tory MPs, Andrew RT Davies warns

15 Jan 2022 2 minute read
Left, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies. Picture by Senedd Cymru. Right, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture by Annika Haas (CC BY 2.0).

Andrew RT Davies has warned that “inevitable consequences will flow” if Boris Johnson loses the support of Conservative MPs.

The Welsh Tory leader was responding to calls for the beleaguered UK Prime Minister to resign amid a scandal about boozy parties being held in Downing Street while lockdown restrictions were in place.

Sue Gray, a senior civil servant, has been charged with investigating the parties which were held in Downing Street and the office complex in Whitehall.

Andrew RT Davies has previously been mocked for backing Boris Johnson, with Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts accusing him of “servility” and of “fawning” at the “feet” of his “masters” in Westminster.

The Welsh Conservative leader had previously said that it is “vital the PM continues his work” but that the investigation into the facts of the party or parties at No 10 Downing Street should be “expedited”.

But in an apparent softening of support, Andrew RT Davies told the BBC: “Boris Johnson, like any other leader, has to look himself in the mirror and say ‘can I maintain that confidence to carry on as leader?’

“At the moment, he certainly enjoys the confidence that I can give him from my position as leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Welsh Parliament.

“But I am waiting now to see what the review has to say, and I should hope that many other people wait for that review to report and ultimately come up with a conclusion.”

‘Evidence’ 

Asked about the situation by BBC Wales again later that day, he said: “What increasing numbers of the Conservative Party are calling for obviously is for the Gray report to come forward so all the evidence can be considered.

“The Prime Minister has said he will go before the House of Commons, and it’s important that he can command a majority in the House of Commons.

“If he can’t command that majority and wrongdoing has been found, then obviously the inevitable consequences flow from that.”


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Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
10 months ago

With your full support for Johnson you are two peas in a pod RT, unlike the ‘lightweight’ Scottish leader Dross Murray

Glen
Glen
10 months ago

No one could ever accuse RT of being a ‘light weight’.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
10 months ago
Reply to  Glen

He’s like pencil without a nib. Pointless.

Gareth
Gareth
10 months ago

RT, does Boris know who you are ?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
10 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Seeing Boris likes the ladies, suggest RT Davies slap on some lipstick and hope for the best.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
10 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Ni chlywodd erioed amdano ef na Chymru

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
10 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Boris has probably never heard of him or Wales

Dewi Williams
Dewi Williams
10 months ago

RTD is now experiencing the ultimate consequences of “servility” to his masters and the “disaffection” for his own kind. He now has to back 2 horses in the hope he can recover some dignity for himself. It just won’t work. Being duplicitous is too easy to spot.

Michael Rieveley
Michael Rieveley
10 months ago

A RT Davies seems to at last recognised the inevitable and is positioning himself to abandon Boris Johnson. The fact that he also went unrecognised by the UK Tory Party hierarchy will surely have rankled. The Conservative Party in Wales has been made to look ridiculous by the its support for a leader and PM who cares not two hoots about them and considers them an irrelevance. They have been seen to neglect the needs of Wales in subservience to the UK Tories only for that house of cards to come tumbling down. Mr Davies and his party in Wales… Read more »

Quornby
Quornby
10 months ago

Does Rees Smug know your name yet?

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
10 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

He probably has heard of him or Wales

Erisian
Erisian
10 months ago

“One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious.”

Kenneth Vivian
Kenneth Vivian
10 months ago

Devolved governance of ‘socialist’ Wales is needed by podgy johnson to disparage in order to elevate and impress the greater Tory leaning English electorate when things go wrong at Westminster.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
10 months ago

Everybody, including Boris, listen to Andrew RT Davies. This man knows what he’s talking about. He’s used to losing.

defaid
defaid
10 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Have a like as first prize in today’s punch-line competition.

(Good thing I’d put that coffee down.)

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
10 months ago

First he was grovelling. Now he’s backtracking.

He’s been Found Out. He’s a waste of space.

Marc
Marc
10 months ago

Who’s Andrew RT Davies?

andrew r north
andrew r north
10 months ago
Reply to  Marc

Who knows. Some bald fat bloke who talks b******s allegedly. Or so i am told..

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
10 months ago

Davies is now realising his error in backing the wrong horse but it is too late now, He’ll always been seen as a brown nosed lackey.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
10 months ago

I sympathise with serfs like Retweet. When a feudal lord is stabbed in the back the minions must transfer their loyalties to the new master and when neither the old nor the new has the slightest interest in any serf it must be difficult.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
10 months ago

A cleverly-worded tentative withdrawal of support, with a modicum of fence-sitting. It would be unreasonable and unfair on him, after all the fawning ARTD has done, for the Welsh people to expect a complete volte-face. Like the rest of us, Andrew Davies must wait and see if and when Johnson is made to walk the plank.

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