Llywydd tells off Welsh Tory MS for using inappropriate language in the Senedd
The Llywydd has told off a Welsh Tory MS for using inappropriate language in the Senedd.
Elin Jones slapped down Gareth Davies, who represents the Vale of Clwyd, after he used the word “damn” in the legislative chamber.
She told him that “language of that nature” is not used in the Welsh Parliament.
After watching the debate constituent Bob Lloyd and Labour member said: “Another day in the Senedd and another soul-destroying intervention from Gareth Davies MS. When he speaks like this, he embarrasses all of us in the Vale of Clwyd. It’s just humiliating.”
Davies was asking Finance Minister Rebecca Evans, how the Welsh Government would use funds raised by the UK Government by imposing a higher tax on National Insurance and putting a levy on dividends.
The Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced Wales will receive a share of extra money from a UK-wide hike of 1.25% in National Insurance.
But he added that the additional money from the hike would legally have to be spent in the way the Westminster government decides.
Another day in the Senedd and another soul-destroying intervention from Gareth Davies MS. When he speaks like this, he embarrasses all of us in the Vale of Clwyd. pic.twitter.com/EnIlNqCaHa
— Bob Lloyd (@RoLloyd7) September 16, 2021
Gareth Davies said: “Thanks to the actions of the UK Government, Wales will get more than its fair share of the additional national insurance contributions.
“The additional levy on NI and dividends have been ring-fenced for health and social care spending.
“How will the Welsh Government ensure that the £0.7 billion that Wales will receive as a result of the UK Government’s funding reforms will make it to front-line services?
“Do you believe that the funding raised via the social care levy should by hypothecated and not form part of the revenue support grant given to local authorities?
“You’ve been calling for extra funds, and now you’ve got them, it’s high time that you damn well get on with it and set out your plans for social care, because you’ve not done thus far.
Elin Jones rebuked him for his use of language, saying: “We don’t use language of that nature, really.”
Gareth Davies replied: “We do. We do. We do.”
Elin Jones replied: “No, you don’t. Okay. Answer the substantive points of the question, please, Minister.”
Finance Minister Rebecca evans said: “I will, and I’ll inform the Member that Wales actually doesn’t get more than its fair share; on a good day we get our fair share.
“I’m very interested that the Member seems to be opposed to the funding that Wales gets as a result of our unique social and economic position, and the negotiations that the First Minister previously did, to ensure that Wales had its fair share in terms of Barnett consequentials.
“But if you think Wales is getting its fair share when we get nothing when Northern Ireland gets a £1 billion bung, then I really don’t understand whether you’re fighting for the UK Government here or whether you’re fighting for your constituents.”