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Tories need to ‘win confidence’ of voters after ‘challenging’ year – Andrew RT Davies

23 Feb 2024 3 minute read
Andrew RT Davies. Photo Welsh Conservatives

The Conservatives will need to “win the confidence” of Welsh voters ahead of an election after what has been a “challenging” year, the Welsh Tory leader in the Senedd has said.

But Andrew RT Davies, the leader of the Welsh Conservatives, insisted the party could still win an election if it projects what it “has to offer”.

Mr Davies was speaking at the Welsh Conservative Conference in Llandudno.

Difficult

Speaking to the PA news agency, he said: “I accept it’s been difficult, the Prime Minister accepted that, there isn’t a Conservative at this conference who doesn’t accept that the last 12-18 months have been challenging.

“But we are getting into the business end of the cycle and an election will be held within eight to nine months time.

“We have to project what we have to offer to win the confidence of the people of Wales.”

He said Sir Keir Starmer would replicate what Welsh Labour has done across the UK, leading to high NHS waiting list times and unpopular farming policies.

He also levelled criticism against the Welsh Labour government, particularly its plans to expand the number of members of the Senedd from 60 to 96.

Scrutiny

The Labour government has said the change would allow for better scrutiny, but Mr Davies argued it is unnecessary.

“We have 60 members there at the moment, we sit in plenary only for two days of the week,” he said.

“There are a lot of other things going on, I fully accept that, from constituency and casework that comes from that.

“But we can, by reforming the working week, be far more effective.

“The other thing about this proposal is it comes with a massive price tag, approximately £120 million. That’s the government’s own figure.”

He argued that money should be used to pay for extra nurses, doctors and teachers, “not more Mark Drakefords in Cardiff Bay”.

While he objected to the additional cost of the extra members of the Senedd, he dismissed the idea that it should be scrapped entirely, arguing it was something that “poll after poll” has indicated that the people of Wales support.

“This isn’t about being anti-Welsh Parliament, anti-Welsh Senedd, because we as Conservatives are fully engaged in it,” he said.

In his speech to the conference, Mr Davies also pledged to scrap 20mph default speed limits if his party got into power, calling the change “barmy”.

The Labour government rolled out the lower speed limit in September last year and insists it has already helped cut speed by 4mph on main roads in Wales.

It is hoped this will lead to fewer accidents.

Mr Davies said: “Labour wants to make Wales the place where common sense goes to die. And that is most clear when we look at Labour and Plaid’s barmy 20mph speed limits.

“This idea, dreamed up by lycra-clad lobbyists, has now become law in Wales.

“It’s common sense that outside schools and hospitals – 20mph should be the speed limit. But Labour and Plaid’s policy is extreme.

“They’ve admitted it’ll hit the Welsh economy by up to £9 billion. They’ve imposed it on Wales regardless.”


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anthony owen
anthony owen
4 months ago

General Election, now please.

Gareth
Gareth
4 months ago

Mr Davies, you are living in an alternative reality, if you think that the Tory gov have had only a ” challenging year”. If that is your true belief, I suggest you have been spending too much time on the silage, and ignoring how your party has systematically destroyed the economy, infrastructure, health and welfare and the education system of the whole of Britain.

Last edited 4 months ago by Gareth
Richard E
Richard E
4 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

We must as always be grestful to this giant of the “Welch “ political scene.

His inspiring leadership of his party, comand of complicated subjects and ability to reach out across the political divide to effect peoples lived is unrivaled.

He will no doubt find his place into our history books as the key figure in our nations journey towards a brighter future.

Diolch Andrew 👍🏼. Your views have influenced so many of our young folk from Shotton to Splott and Caerleon to
Caernarfon into understanding what they need to do at the next election 😍

Gareth
Gareth
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard E

Clywch clywch. 👍

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 months ago

Tory troll Andrew RT Davies is living in cloud Cuckoo land of he believes voters will trust a word his shambolic party says. Just go now.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
4 months ago

There are many policies introduced here in Cymru that the tories are opposed to that subsequently get introduced over the border in lloegr with their full support!

Something that is typical of artd and the rest of his ilk, he opposes for the sake of opposing while having nothing positive to contribute.

We’d all be better off if the tories were voted out of existence or (even better) sent into exile.

Gareth
Gareth
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard Davies

Very true Richard, remember the ” anti tourist” and ” racist anti English” second home council tax rise in Cymru, from 2025 it will be available to councils in England, with several councils including Bath, Norfolk and North Devon indicating they will implement it.

cablestreet
cablestreet
4 months ago

Llandudno pier missing two short planks!

Last edited 4 months ago by cablestreet
Jeff
Jeff
4 months ago

Oi, ARTD, 14 years boyo. Not 1 year, 14 years your party has done 3 parts of sod all for the people of the UK. Big problem now, Mr ARTD, is your party is a known quantity. Its mask has slipped, Bravermans awful comments, the PM denigrating vulnerable people for a “joke”, selling off UK infrastructure. Vote the Tory back in and attacks on minorities will go through the roof (already rising). And if Trump gets in next election in the US you will hand the UK to a dictator and all the terrible hate and abuse the states are… Read more »

Gary H
Gary H
4 months ago

The man is just bonkers. It says a lot about the Tories that they haven’t ditched him.

Erisian
Erisian
4 months ago

Why would you ever let a dog that has fouled your house, destroyed half your furniture and savaged your family back on the sofa?

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
4 months ago

‘We have to project what we have to offer to win the confidence of the people of Wales’ says RT. He could do this by demanding the proceeds of the Crown estates and HS2 come here for a start then make an apology to the very people whose confidence he is trying to gain for misleading them with the constant inappropriate use of the word ‘blanket’, I could go on but most importantly, an explanation to the people of our nation as to why they should vote for the current core values of Tories those being bigoted hatred of target… Read more »

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