Watch: Andrew RT Davies sparks anger after claiming people of Rhondda want UK Govt to deal with small boats ‘mayhem’
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has insisted the people of Rhondda want the UK Government to “deal” with the issue of small boat crossings causing “mayhem” to the immigration system.
The bold claims were made by the leader of the Welsh Tories in a social media video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.
In the video, the Senedd regional member for south Wales central spoke near an empty road outside Rhondda Golf Club beside Joel James MS where the pair were due to host a ‘politics and pint’ session.
The Tory leader described the people of Rhondda as “really welcoming” because they want to “see the UK Government helping Ukrainian refugees”.
but Davies goes on to allege that the people of Rhondda also want to see Westminster “dealing with the small boats issue” because “many migrants are coming across the Channel causing mayhem”.
He added: “They [the people of Rhondda] like what they’ve heard from the UK Government, they want this problem solved. Let’s get it implemented, let’s get it sorted out.”
South Wales Central MS, Joel James then chips in beside Davies stating that he was there during election night in Rhondda, Cynon Valley and Pontypridd when they all “voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU”.
Barely audible due to distorted sound quality Mr James said: “It’s only the Conservatives that are dealing with this. Labour time and time again have dismissed their democratic will.”
The video ends with Andrew RT Davies, encouraging people to get in touch should they want him to host a ‘politics and a pint’ event in their local area.
Just like with Brexit, Labour are ignoring their traditional heartlands on small boats. pic.twitter.com/XaabNKryc3
— Andrew RT Davies (@AndrewRTDavies) March 28, 2023
The supposed claims of what the people in Rhondda are concerned about continued in the comment section beneath the video with RT Davies posting: “People in the Rhondda are very concerned about illegal immigration.”
One Twitter user questioned why the two MS’s were unable to find any members of the public in Rhondda willing to vent their concerns on camera.
A Rhondda resident also commented beneath the video: “I’m from the Rhondda and my concern is the people who can’t afford to heat their homes or cannot afford to feed their families because of the government failings you talk so much nonsense can’t stand you, not many people can.”
Another Twitter user rejected the Tory leader’s suggestions with a post that read: “Rubbish, I’m from Treherbert and I don’t give a toss about immigrants. They didn’t shut down my library or my swimming pool, you did!! You lot will be out on your arse at the next GE and sliding into oblivion. Your desperate distractions after 13 years of power are pathetic.”
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Been living in Ystrad Rhondda for 10 years and not once have I heard anyone complaining about small boats.
Gross, lying Tories like yourself on the other hand, RT, come up very often in conversation…
Andrew RT is sniffing the bigoted air and trying to lead the parade. But it is his party’s air, and that of The Daily Mail and GB News, not of most people in the Rhondda.
Perhaps when he refers to the opinion of the people of the Rhondda the only person he’s spoke and is referring to is joel james who had political links to the holy land that is the Rhondda
Well I come from the Rhondda and yes the talk in the local club is very much about too much immigration, legal or otherwise. The other most spoken about subject is the lack of our health service. This is something that we are all afraid of and something that needs to be sorted urgently because people are actually hurting and dying because of it.
Which Rhondda , there are 2
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Which Rhondda is the British bigot on about? As there is no one Rhondda. The 2 Rhondda valleys are know for warmth to others.
Y jaci soch yma eto. Mae’n fy ngwneud yn sâl. Sut all Cymru odde’r fath ddyn yn sengi ar ei thiroedd mwyn
The quicker little englander Andrew RT Davies is booted out the better so he can join his corrupt Tory Whitehall mates the better. Problem is even they can see what he is, a self serving attention grabbing failed politician.
Lets create legal routes for all refugees. Not just Ukrainians. Thus getting rid of the small boats.
More Tory lies, Pontypridd voted Remain during the Brexit vote, repeating in Cymru what goes down well in some parts of England will not get them elected to rule here, ever, they are so out of touch, they cant come up with one idea or a single solution to solve any problem we face as a nation, just keep repeating what they say in London.
Sad little man spouting more crappy lies.
It was under his Tory government and his Brexit that the migrants started to cross the English Channel.
The far right were in his constituency this week, demonstrating against immigration. He’s not said a word about this.