‘Inevitable consequences’ if Boris Johnson loses support of Tory MPs, Andrew RT Davies warns
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.”
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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With your full support for Johnson you are two peas in a pod RT, unlike the ‘lightweight’ Scottish leader Dross Murray
No one could ever accuse RT of being a ‘light weight’.
He’s like pencil without a nib. Pointless.
RT, does Boris know who you are ?
Seeing Boris likes the ladies, suggest RT Davies slap on some lipstick and hope for the best.
Ni chlywodd erioed amdano ef na Chymru
Boris has probably never heard of him or Wales
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.
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 »
Does Rees Smug know your name yet?
He probably has heard of him or Wales
“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.”
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.
Everybody, including Boris, listen to Andrew RT Davies. This man knows what he’s talking about. He’s used to losing.
Have a like as first prize in today’s punch-line competition.
(Good thing I’d put that coffee down.)
First he was grovelling. Now he’s backtracking.
He’s been Found Out. He’s a waste of space.
Who’s Andrew RT Davies?
Who knows. Some bald fat bloke who talks b******s allegedly. Or so i am told..
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.
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.
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.