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Llywydd refuses to allow statement by Tory MS who failed to vote on Covid passes

06 Oct 2021 3 minutes Read
Gareth Davies and Elin Jones

The Llywydd has refused to allow a Tory MS who failed to vote on Covid passes to make a statement on the matter to the Senedd.

Elin Jones told Gareth Davies, who represents the Vale of Clwyd, that his statement is in the public domain, because it has already been shared with the press and Twitter.

She also pointedly reminded all members of the Senedd “ensure they are present early enough and in time to vote”, wherever they may be.

Davies who missed a crucial vote on compulsory Covid passes in nightclubs and big events in Wales because of a technical mishap was at Tory conference in Manchester at the time.

He has said that he is “angry” that he was unable to access the Senedd’s remote voting system.

His absence meant that the vote passed with 28 votes for and 27 votes against. The vote means that the Welsh Government is able to press ahead with its plan. From Monday people will need a Covid pass to go into any Welsh nightclub or large event.

Elin Jones told the Senedd: “And just as I’m on the subject of last night, I received a request by a Member to make a personal statement with regard to his absence from the vote last night.

“I received that request just before 1.30 pm today. I hadn’t even had time to consider that request let alone agree to it when just before 2.15 pm, the content of that statement had been shared with the press and on Twitter.

“I consider that statement now in the public domain and no longer requires to be made to the Senedd.”

‘Member’s responsibility’ 

“I’ll take the opportunity, however, to reiterate to all Members that it is every individual Member’s responsibility to ensure they are present early enough and in time to vote wherever you may be, and especially if voting from a location for the first time.”

She also said: “Before we move on to further Senedd business, I want to touch on events on the Senedd estate last night. I want to reiterate to Members that threats to the safety and welfare of Members, our staff and, indeed, our visitors are totally unacceptable and that too many of you faced threats of that kind last night from protestors.

“There is, of course, a place for non-violent protest. Indeed, most of us have taken part in protests of that kind. But protest that threatens individuals’ safety, be it here at the Senedd or anywhere else in Wales, is entirely unacceptable.

“The relevant authorities will be reviewing last night’s events and we will be in a position to update Members in due course.

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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
17 days ago

Crocodile tears for our a w.o.l Conservative crybaby. Take some advice Gareth. Try being at work next time rather than being on Tory bender in Manchester.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
17 days ago

No sympathy for the idiot. He knew there was a vote but chose to go to the Tory conference instead so we can see where his loyalties are.

Philip
Philip
17 days ago
Reply to  Barry Pandy

England – contrary to your wishful thinking – is not a foreign country.

Gareth
Gareth
16 days ago
Reply to  Philip

I think you will find it is a foreign country, check out international sport.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
16 days ago
Reply to  Philip

If only the Welsh Tories had had the courage of their convictions and held their own conference in Cardiff. But they might have been spotted celebrating the impoverishment of children which is what they were doing in Manchester.

Dim problem
Dim problem
16 days ago

He knew he was away in Manchester. If he cared so much, he’d have bothered to log in with plenty of time so he didn’t miss the vote. Muppet.

If he had voted it would have been 28-28. What happens then? Who breaks the tie? If it goes in the Government’s favour, then the motion would have passed with or without him. Perhaps this is just a cynical PR stunt – they knew they’d lose so are trying to use this to discredit the vote and the Senedd.

Jambo
Jambo
16 days ago
Reply to  Dim problem

If it was a tie then the motion would not have passed. There would likely have been more discussions and further votes.

Dim problem
Dim problem
16 days ago
Reply to  Jambo

Thanks, Jambo

Jambo
Jambo
16 days ago

Mr Davies was filmed partying on a dance floor (next to Michael Gove) with his hands full of champagne glasses so how on Earth do people expect him to be able to hold a phone at the same time?! The fact that no other MS is calling for a re-vote should tell you everything you need to know. If this was purely down to IT problems, as he claims, then other Welsh Tories would be crying out for another vote! The fact is, he chose to go out partying in Manchester instead of representing the people who voted him into… Read more »

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