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At First Minister's Questions in the Senedd, the bravery of the private secretary who referred Alun Davies' actions to the First Minister's office has been praised by Antoinette Sandbach, who was one of the AMs targeted by Mr Davies' request for information about farm subsidy payments.
Carwyn Jones replied that the fact he had released the private secretary's email was a sign of an open government, which will publish even difficult emails. Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said it was a fiasco that called the First Minister's judgment into question.
The First Minister stuck to his position that he was right not to sack Alun Davies for breaching the ministerial code in his lobbying for the proposed Circuit of Wales in his constituency. When asked to apologise to the five AMs targeted by Mr Davies, he replied "yes".
The wide-ranging Natural Resources portfolio held by sacked minister Alun Davies has been broken up following his dismissal. First Minister Carwyn Jones has reallocated agriculture and fisheries to Economy Minister, Edwina Hart AM.
She'll be assisted by a new Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Rebecca Evans. The Culture and Sport Minister, John Griffiths AM, has environment policy added to his responsibilities.
Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru's communities and food spokesperson said if Mr Davies has simply asked him if received any farm payments he would have told him that he did not.
Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams has condemned both Alun Davies' actions and the First Minister's judgement. Ms Williams was one of the AMs targeted by the sacked minister's attempt to obtain information about farm subsidies.
She added that the whole affair was both disappointing and embarrassing for the government.
Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies has said that an apparent attempt by the sacked Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies to smear him and four other AMs is an "astonishing scandal" that raises serious wider questions for the First Minister and the Welsh Government.
Sources close to the First Minister told ITV News that Carwyn Jones is "extremely angry and disappointed" with sacked Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies. Carwyn Jones took "swift action" once he was told about his request for information about farm subsidy payments to political opponents.
It's stressed that this was not a case of a straw breaking the camel's back after Mr Davies was found to have broken the ministerial code over his handling of plans for a race track in his Blaenau Gwent constituency.
The request for the details of farm payments would have been a sacking offence in any event, as the First Minister took the view that there was no place for that sort of activity inside the Welsh Government.
Alun Davies has been sacked as Natural Resources Minister after asking his private secretary for details of farm subsidy payment received by five AMs. They included the leaders of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, The five were:
- Andrew RT Davies
- Kirsty Williams
- Antoinette Sandbach
- William Powell
- Llyr Gryffudd
ITV News understands that Mr Davies was advised that it was not appropriate for him to request the information, apparently for use as ammunition at question time in the Senedd.
Correspondence released by the First Minister's office reveals that the private secretary took advice from senior civil servants after Mr Davies repeated the request.
Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies has been sacked. First Minister Carwyn Jones has just issued a statement explaining why he's fired him from the cabinet, just a week after standing by him over a breach of the ministerial code.
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Today's First Minister's Questions were dominated by the sacking of Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies AM.