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Watch: Plaid Cymru MPs wave goodbye to Simon Hart as more resignations hit UK Government

06 Jul 2022 3 minute read
Waving goodbye to Simon Hart

Plaid Cymru MPs Liz Saville Roberts and Hywel Williams sarcastically waved goodbye to Welsh Secretary Simon Hart in the House of Commons this morning, as chaos continues to surround the UK Government.

Mr Hart confirmed earlier today that he would not resign from Boris Johnson’s cabinet, but 16 Tory MPs have quit since Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak submitted letters of resignation yesterday evening.

Ynys Môn’s MP Virginia Crosbie is the only Welsh MP to have stood down so far.

She resigned from the UK Government yesterday evening saying the Prime Minister’s position was now “untenable” after his botched handling of sexual assault complaints against deputy chief whip Chris Pincher.

In a rowdy House of Commons, awaiting the arrival of Boris Johnson for Prime Minister’s Questions, Simon Hart, was also asked by Plaid Cymru MP “when will he be going?” but refused to answer “that tempting question”.

Passport

Welsh shadow Secretary of State Jo Stevens said that she was “quite surprised to see the Secretary of State here this morning” at Welsh questions, adding: “Perhaps he can’t leave this disintegrating government because his passport application is stuck in the queue.”

During Welsh Questions, Mr Hart also called on First Minister Mark Drakeford to “drop his ridiculous plans for a tourism tax”.

Conservative MP Simon Baynes said tourism is of “crucial importance” to his constituency of Clwyd South. He asked the Secretary of State to join him in “condemning the Welsh Labour Government’s plans to introduce a tourism tax, which will do great damage to the tourism industry across the whole of Wales”.

Mr Hart said: “I think I can do even better than my honourable friend requests me to do by simply quoting the words of the chief exec of UK hospitality Kate Nicholls when she says: ‘The tourism tax is ill-thought through and proposed without any impact assessment’.”

He read out more of the quote and later in the session urged Labour MP Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West) to encourage Mr Drakeford “to drop his ridiculous plans for a tourism tax, to drop his ridiculous plans for various other means of punishing successful businesses in Wales”.

He added: “If he did that, actually, perhaps we could create some lasting jobs in Wales rather than simply listening to his political protestations.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago

Tourism Tax…I see a couple more acres of the Llyn are to be covered in caravans…better hobbit houses than more caravans…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 months ago

Well done Liz Savile Roberts! She and her fellow Plaid MPs were the only ones to defend Wales against Boris Johnson & WS Simon Hart chaotic Conservative misrule. And it shows once and for all who really fights for Wales at Westminster.

#PlaidCymru 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #Ymlaen 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

CJPh
CJPh
4 months ago

This House, presided over by successive liars and charlatans, should hold no legitimacy for any appointed public servant who claim to represent Cymru, her people and her interests. Now you’ve had your little memeable playground photo op, return to your Nation to serve your people. Reject the authority of San Steffan, make an actual difference.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
4 months ago
Reply to  CJPh

Wow, CJ, You have always seemed Mr Reasonable, so we must take note!
But you are right, and we must reject any “going along” with this Union now.
Plaid, take note. Labour, more so!

Last edited 4 months ago by I.Humphrys
CJPh
CJPh
4 months ago
Reply to  I.Humphrys

Is this not reasonable? It has never made sense that the pro indy parties serve this parliament. Weekly surgeries and public service in their constituencies will do. If Plaid truly believe that independence for Cymru is the only option for our future, why do they continue to play the UK political game? They can’t all be self-serving, careerist ladder climbers, surely? Gwarth arnynt am werthin fel ffyliaid tra’n cynnal a chyfrannu i’r system llawn gymaint a gweddill y diawled ‘na.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
4 months ago

Other countries have a tourism tax, eg Australia, and it has not hurt them. Being cynical I suspect many Welsh Conservatives have a vested interest in this area, so any tax will hurt their pockets. Either that or they are putting business above community issues, as usual. Money before anything else with these guys.

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