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Welsh Conservative leader calls for independent review

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Andrew RT Davies has written to the First Minister calling for an independent figure to investigate whether he has broken the ministerial code.

It follows First Minister's Questions when Davies asked if Carwyn Jones had investigated any allegations about Welsh Government bullying in 2014.

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The Welsh Conservative leader wrote the letter to Carwyn Jones raising a question from 2014 by Darren Millar, in response to which the First Minister said 'no allegations have been made.'

Today the First Minister said '...were any issues raised with me dealt with? The answer to that is yes they were dealt with.'

In the letter Andrew RT Davies wrote:

I write in relation to the answers you provided me in today's First Minister's Questions.

The answers are in stark contradiction to those provided in Written Assembly Question to me colleague Darren Millar back in November 2014.

Given the severity of the accusations levelled by Leighton Andrews and Steve Jones, and the inconsistency in the detail you have offered to the National Assembly for Wales, I believe an independent investigation is warranted.

Misleading the Assembly and thereby potentially breaking the ministerial code is a serious offence and therefore it would not be fit or proper for you to be judge and jury as sole arbiter of the ministerial code.

Back in 2012, the then Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, faced similar accusations and took the honourable course of action in appointing an independent third party to conduct an inquiry.

I would urge you to do the same today.

– Andrew RT Davies' letter

A Welsh Government spokesperson said the First Minister had already made clear that any allegations made in 2014 had been dealt with.

As the First Minister has already made clear, any issues that were brought to his attention in 2014 were dealt with.

Anyone who wishes to make a formal complaint, either historic or current, are welcome to do so through his office or the office of the Permanent Secretary.

– Welsh Government spokesperson