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Welsh Tory leader taking ‘complete break from work on doctor’s orders’

07 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Andrew RT Davies

The leader of the Tories in the Senedd has said he is taking a “complete break from work” on “doctor’s orders”.

Andrew RT Davies has been fighting the flu as well as coronavirus over the past fortnight, which has “knocked me for six and has had an impact on my mental well-being”.

He said that he “always believed” that he “had a shield of invincibility” and “like many who have struggled” he has “contemplated whether” he “should make this public”.

But he said “as a leader”  he should “set an example” by being “open and honest” because “many people have struggled and will do with their mental health”. While he is away, Paul Davies will be taking on his duties.

In a statement, he said: “As some of you are aware, over the past fortnight I’ve been fighting a dose of the flu and subsequently coronavirus.

“I’m starting to recover but I will admit it’s knocked me for six and has had an impact on my mental well-being.

“Like many men, I’ve always believed I had a shield of invincibility, and like many who have struggled, I’ve contemplated whether I should make this public.

‘Struggled’ 

He added: “However, as a leader, I believe you should set an example and I want to be open and honest – in the good times and the bad – as I know many people have struggled and will do with their mental health.

“As such, and on doctor’s orders, I will be taking a complete break from work to ensure I can fully recover and bounce back from the difficulties I’ve experienced over the past fortnight.

“In the meantime, I would like to thank Paul Davies for continuing with my duties during my absence and I ask that my privacy and that of my family is respected.”

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