Mark Drakeford apologises for claiming that Tories did not take up offer to discuss cooperation
The First Minister has apologised after claiming in the Senedd today that the Conservatives did not take up an offer to discuss cooperation after the Senedd election.
Speaking in the Siambr earlier, Mark Drakeford said that “straight after the election” he “wrote immediately after that to the leader of the Welsh Conservative Party here and I wrote to the leader of Plaid Cymru”.
“I received a reply from the leader of Plaid Cymru; I received nothing at all from the leader of the Welsh Conservatives,” he said.
The leader of the Welsh Tories however demanded that Mark Drakeford “corrected” the suggestion that he snubbed an offer to cooperate.
Andrew RT Davies said that his office “accepted the invitation” that was made but that the meeting was “cancelled” by the First Minister’s office for “understandable reasons” and that no new date was “forthcoming”.
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Mark Drakeford has now written to the Welsh Conservatives apologising for his error.
“Following First Minister’s questions today, my office have informed me that there was a response from the office of the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives to my letter in May, and that a meeting was put in the diary,” the First Minister said.
“Unfortunately, the meeting coincided with a family funeral and had to be removed from the diary,” he said.
“While the intention was for the meeting to be re-arranged, I am very sorry that, in the circumstances that did not happen,” he said.
“Clearly, I was in error in what I said on the floor of the Senedd this afternoon. I apologise for that and am grateful to you for having given me the chance to correct the record at the earliest opportunity.”
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