Tory leader reshuffles cabinet following dispute

Andrew RT Davies has reshuffled his Cabinet following income tax vote disputes.

Welsh Conservative divide deepens

by Adrian Masters

There's no sign of an end to tensions within the Welsh Conservatives at the end of a turbulent week. Catch up with the story so far by clicking here. During a heated conference call earlier, those at the top of the party in Wales have told Andrew RT Davies they disagree with his actions.

Sources close to Mr Davies say he has the right as Opposition Leader to decide who's in his team even if the Board of Welsh Conservatives disagrees with him. Others say the Board reflects widespread unhappiness. I've even heard the term 'untenable position' used. That's dismissed by a spokesperson:

We do not recognise these bizarre comments – which are entirely anonymous and source-led.

This is a weak story – based around unnamed sources.

Welsh Conservatives are united in providing a strong and modern voice for Wales and a real alternative to a lazy Labour government that has run out of ideas.

– Welsh Conservative spokesperson

What is true that an arcane dispute over the use of a power the Welsh Government doesn't have and currently looks unlikely to have in the near future, has become a make-or-break moment with massive ramifications for Welsh Conservatives. Quite simply it will decide who runs the party in Wales.

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No leadership challenge from Ramsay

Nick Ramsay who's been sacked as the Welsh Conservative's Shadow Finance Minister says he won't launch a leadership challenge. Speaking in Brussels where he's chairing a meeting of the Business and Enterprise Committee he said he would support the leader Andrew RT Davies in 'whatever way I can.'

The Monmouth AM narrowly lost the leadership to Mr Davies in 2011, but he says he's focussing on the needs of his constituents.

Tory reshuffle was 'desperate manoeuvre' says Labour

Labour AM Mick Antoniw says this about the Welsh Conservative reshuffle:

Sacking nearly half of his shadow cabinet in one fell swoop via twitter suggests Andrew RT Davies has nothing but contempt for his colleagues.

This is a desperate manoeuvre from a wounded leader struggling to impose some semblance of order of amongst his ranks. The Tory shadow cabinet has seen its female representation halved, echoing David Cameron’s Bullingdon Club approach to frontline politics.

All that is left is a gaggle of discontented backbenchers plotting their next move as RT’s disastrous leadership reign hangs by a thread.

– Mick Antoniw AM, Labour

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Davies thanks exiting Cabinet members

Davies has reshuffled his cabinet following disputes. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has thanked members of his Cabinet dismissed following a reshuffle.

Davies believes the move will help the Conservatives provide a more credible alternative to Labour.

“I’m confident that the new Shadow Cabinet has everything it takes to continue breaking barriers and providing innovative ideas.

“I want to thank Nick Ramsay, Antoinette Sandbach, Janet Finch-Saunders, and Mohammad Asghar for their excellent service and I look forward to continued campaigning with them as a Welsh Conservative group." - Andrew RT Davies

Tories reshuffle cabinet following dismissals

Following income tax vote disputes, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has dismissed four AM's and reshuffled the Shadow Cabinet:

  • Darren Millar retains Health and Social Services.

  • Mark Isherwood keeps Housing and North Wales, adds Local Government.

  • William Graham takes charge of Business, Enterprise and Technology.

  • Russell George takes charge of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

  • Suzy Davies keeps Welsh Language and Culture and adds Equalities and Sport to her responsibilities.

  • Paul Davies remains Deputy Leader, keeps Finance and becomes Chief Whip.

  • Byron Davies keeps Transport and Regeneration.

  • Angela Burns retains Education.

Welsh Conservatives sack four AMs from Cabinet

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BREAKING: Welsh Conservative leader sacks four AMs from Shadow Cabinet after income tax vote row; reshuffles rest of team.

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No place in new Welsh Conservative shadow cabinet for Nick Ramsay, JanetFinch-Saunders, Antoinette Sandbach & Mohammad Ashgar