Shrewsbury MP deletes anti-devolution comments after backlash
An English Conservative MP has deleted comments calling for the Welsh parliament to be done away with and all power returned to Westminster after an online backlash.
Daniel Kawczynski, is an MP for Shropshire bordering Wales and worked as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP between 2012 and 2014.
In the comments, he said that he “looked forward to the day when we return to one Parliament and one policy for the whole United Kingdom”.
He said that autonomy for Wales was “a massive additional expense” and “just another layer of red tape”.
His views are at odds with the Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies who has said that it is the Labour Welsh Government, rather than the Senedd, that needs replacing.
The most recent poll on the question by BBC/ICM in March showed that 83% backed the Senedd while only 14% wanted to abolish it.
Neal Hockey responded to Daniel Kawczynski’s message saying “If we were going to get rid of a layer of government to save money, wouldn’t we get rid of the most expensive layer?” referring to Westminster.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said: “Ridiculous comments by Daniel Kawczynski, who clearly doesn’t understand devolution and the huge support it has across Wales.”
Gavin D. J. Harper said: “Unfortunately, a democratic vote means that we are also saddled with the massive additional expense of Daniel Kawczynski. Democracy… we got to take the rough with the smooth…”
Steve Peers said: “Brexity MP wants to ignore result of two referendums,” referring to the 1997 and 2011 referenda in support of devolution.