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Tory minister defends missing Welsh Affairs meeting due to ‘illness’ then turning up to Commons

08 Dec 2021 4 minute read
Official portrait of David TC Davies. UK Parliament (CC 3.0)

A Tory minister had defended missing a Welsh Affairs Committee meeting because he was “unwell”, and then turning up to the House of Commons.

David TC Davies, a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Wales Office, was due to be quizzed by Welsh MPs about the benefits system at 10am this morning.

But when the time came, Stephen Crabb, the Chair of the Committee told MPs: “We were due to have David TC Davies from the Wales Office. Unfortunately Minister Davies is unwell.”

However, at 12pm, Davies was spotted in the House of Commons during a session of Prime Minister’s Questions, which saw Boris Johnson being grilled by MPs about No 10 staff holding a Christmas party amid lockdown restrictions last year, and then joking about it.

BBC journalist Elliw Gwawr who said she was scheduled to interview Davies later today spotted the Conservative minister in the chamber, and posted about it on social media.

In a statement in response, Davies said he finds it “very disappointing” that he has been “forced to discuss” his personal health “as a result” of her “comments”.

The Conservative MP for Monmouth said that he had to “run out of a meeting to be physically sick” yesterday, and that as a result he cancelled all his meetings for that day as well as for today.

He said that he “felt a lot better” and “well enough to go into work” this morning, adding that he is “currently in work but not undertaking major meetings”, and that he suspects he “probably had a case of food poisoning”.

In a statement David TC Davies said: “Yesterday at 1100 I had to run out of a meeting to be physically sick. I was physically sick again on a further 2 occasions during the day. I took a covid test which was clear.

“I cancelled all meetings for yesterday, and today, including the Welsh Affairs Session. I was only playing a supporting role in the Welsh Affairs meeting as it was focused on DWP matters and was being led by another Minister.

“I returned to my hotel missing the last vote on the advice of the Deputy Chief Whip. This morning I woke up at around 0900. This is extremely unusual as I normally get up at 0630 and go to the gym.

“I felt a lot better. I felt well enough to go into work – although it was much later than usual. I attended PMQs and I am currently in work but not undertaking major meetings.

‘Food poisoning’ 

“I suspect that I probably had a case of food poisoning I do not like talking about personal matters and illnesses. I very rarely get ill as my record shows.

“Today as a result of comments by a BBC reporter I have been forced to discuss my personal health something which I find very disappointing.”

Elliw Gwawr tweeted a photo of Davies among a crowd of MPs, saying: “Top right corner – see David TC Davies who was too ill to attend the Welsh Affairs Committee this morning, and too ill to do an interview with me this afternoon standing in the chamber.”

She added: “According to the Wales Office David Davies has been ill with norovirus since yesterday. It looks like David TC Davies is well enough to be in the chamber for PMQs.”

The meeting of the Welsh Affairs Committee which Davies missed, was used to explore:

  • The lessons learned during the pandemic and the changes made to benefits by the UK Government;
  • The complexity of the different benefits and allowances available from the UK and Welsh Governments and local authorities;
  • Levels of communication between the UK and Welsh Governments on the latter’s Universal Basic Income pilot scheme.

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John
John
8 months ago

Gormod o lush?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
8 months ago

Quisling Anglophile David Davies is obviously lying. He’s a Conservative after all. Lying. being a crooked and serving oneself is a virtue to a Tory. Remember, he has a long history of telling lies. He lied through his rotten teeth when he stated to BBC Wales online how Wales would receive more money after Brexit, but as we all know we are losing millions with Boris Johnson’s leveling-down of Wales, besides their power grab and political threats & intimidation. He’s never done anything for Wales in his sorry but highly profitable career in politics. And it’s long overdue that the… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Y Cymro
defaid
defaid
8 months ago

Such a pathetic childish excuse (take that with either context).

Phil
Phil
8 months ago

Not really worth commenting…. It’ll only get taken down if whoever’s moderating the site finds it even mildly offensive.

Ann
Ann
8 months ago

General advice for D & V is keep away from others for 48 hours after symptoms subside!

Mark
Mark
8 months ago

spineless tory scum.

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
8 months ago

Yeah, Yeah. Who seriously believes the tory enemy?

Grayham Jones
8 months ago

Stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Gareth
Gareth
8 months ago

What a clever man, has to run out of a meeting to vomit, then goes into the house of commons, where, if he was to vomit on live tv, people would think he was sickened by the antics of the UK Gov, and he may gain some kudos or sympathy.

Mark
Mark
8 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

If I saw a tory throw up in the HoC my first thought would be, “I bet his coke was cut with too much rat poison?”

j humphrys
j humphrys
8 months ago

Tory part-timers no use to Cymru, more like the millstone of the “union”.

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