In the wake of local election losses by the Conservatives last week, the Monmouth MP David TC Davies has written to his local newspaper the South Wales Argus to apologise for what he calls 'incompetence' at the top of the UK Government. Here's what he wrote:
May I sincerely congratulate councillors of all parties, and none, who were elected to Monmouthshire County Council last week. I shall be very happy to work with you all on improving local services.
May I also offer my apologies to those who feel the Conservative-led coalition has let them down. I must acknowledge there has been incompetence at the highest levels of government over the last few months in a number of departments
Meanwhile, there has been an emphasis on issues such as gay marriage and reform of the House of Lords, at the expense of explaining the financial situation; a failure to deport dangerous terrorists because of concerns about human rights; and an apparent unwillingness to listen to the concerns of electors and the backbench MPs who represent them
I shall have no hesitation in expressing my concerns in Parliament.
Mr Davies also told the newspaper that the Prime Minister needs to change direction to reflect the concerns of his supporters or else 'he's not going to be in position very long.
If I sound like I'm being critical I am. I have been loyal for the last couple of years, although I have voted against the government on certain things like the EU referendum question, but there comes a point when it is becoming more difficult to remain so loyal.
And he has a warning: that unless the concerns he talks about are listened to, many more Conservatives may follow the example of his own mother and choose to vote UKIP instead of the party they've supported for so long.