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Former Welsh Secretary says UK must leave EU

Former Welsh Secretary says UK must leave EU Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Former Welsh Secretary David Jones has told UKIP's spring conference that the centre right must work together if the UK is to exit the European Union.

The Clwyd West MP was speaking at a vote leave fringe event in Llandudno, saying Nigel Farage's party have an important role to play in the campaign.

Andrew RT Davies: I will wait until after Assembly election to campaign to leave EU

The leader of the Conservative party in Wales has said although he has decided to vote to leave the EU, he will not be campaigning until after the Assembly election in May.

I've made my decision...those will be the beliefs and principles I will champion in the campaign after May 5th. I believe there is plenty of opportunity within the six to seven weeks after May 5th for us to engage fully and robustly in that [EU] campaign.

"What we've got to focus on in the next 70 odd days is health, education, economy, local government - because if you miss that opportunity to change things here in Wales and secure the real change Wales needs then you won't get the second chance after May 5th."

– Andrew RT Davies, Leader of the Conservative Party in Wales

The Prime Minister confirmed the referendum vote on whether Britain should remain in the European Union will take place on June 23rd.

Several prominent politicians within the Tory party have gone against David Cameron's position to stay in the EU by confirming their voting intentions to leave.

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Plaid echo jobs risk fear over EU referendum vote

The referendum will be held in June Credit: PA

Plaid Cymru say that Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies' decision to vote to leave the EU "is jeopardising the future of our rural communities".

Plaid Cymru AM, Rhodri Glyn Thomas, said: "Once again the Tories are split on an issue of crucial importance to Wales's future, economy and well being.

"By campaigning to leave the EU the leader of the Welsh conservatives is putting almost 200,000 jobs in Wales at risk. Furthermore as the EU is worth over £400m in funding and trade for farmers, he is jeopardising the future of our rural communities.

"Plaid Cymru believes that Wales's best interests will be served as a member of a reformed and improved EU."

Davies voting to leave 'puts Welsh jobs at risk' says Griffith

Nia Griffith MP says the Welsh Tory leader is 'gambling with Welsh jobs' Credit: PA

Labour's Shadow Wales Secretary says the Welsh Conservatives' leader's decision to vote to leave the EU puts Welsh jobs at risk.

Nia Griffith MP said: “Our EU membership supports some 200,000 jobs in Wales. By calling for the UK to leave the EU, Andrew RT Davies is happy to put those Welsh jobs at risk.

“There’s now a clear choice for First Minister in May: Labour’s Carwyn Jones and his record of delivery, or a Tory leader prepared to gamble with Welsh jobs.”

Welsh Conservative leader's vote decision 'an affront to farmers'

Kirsty Williams AM has accused Andrew RT Davies of a 'flip-flop' over the EU referendum Credit: PA

The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams AM, says she is 'staggered' by the leader of the Welsh Conservatives' decision to campaign to leave the EU.

Williams said: “It’s in Wales’ best interests for the UK to remain in the European Union. That’s why I’m staggered that Andrew RT Davies wants to tear us out of the world’s biggest trading economy and put thousands of Welsh jobs at risk.

“The Welsh Liberal Democrats are united in wanting Wales and the UK to remain at the heart of Europe, for our security and our prosperity.”

Welsh Tory leader backs EU 'Leave' vote

Andrew RT Davies says he'll back a Leave vote in the referendum

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has announced that he'll back a vote to leave the European Union in the referendum to be held on June 23rd.

Mr Davies, who's Opposition Leader in the Assembly, said he's given it 'a great deal of consideration.'

His statement is below:

In June voters will have a say on Britain’s future in the European Union, for the first time in more than a generation. Thanks to the Conservatives, the future of our relationship with Europe will then be placed in the hands of the people - not politicians.

After a great deal of consideration I have decided that I will be voting for Britain to leave the EU. It is my belief that our future will be best served as part of a looser, economic relationship with the European Union.

There will be almost 7 weeks for Welsh politicians to articulate their positions on the European question, but before a ballot has been cast in the referendum Welsh voters face an even bigger question. We are a little over 70 days away from the most important Welsh Assembly election in a generation and the Welsh Conservatives will not be distracted from articulating our positive vision of real change for our NHS, Education and Economy.

As the UK surges forward, Wales risks being left behind. We simply cannot afford to give Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party 5 more years to make the same mistakes all over again.

– Andrew RT Davies AM, Welsh Conservative leader

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Plaid's seat strategy 'destined to fail' - Labour

A Labour source says the results of the latest Sharp End poll call into question Plaid Cymru's stated aim of boosting its constituency vote in future Assembly elections and particularly leader Leanne Wood's decision to fight a constituency rather than a regional seat in 2016.

The poll suggests that Plaid's support in the constituency vote has dropped by 2% since the 2011 election although its since an increase of 8% in the regional vote. Plaid says 'it's very pleasing to see (the party) leading the votes on the National Assembly regional list.'

But the Labour source tells me that Plaid should be worried:

Leanne’s decision to stand in a constituency seat looks like it will come back to haunt her.

Plaid’s entire assembly election strategy is based around winning constituency seats. This poll suggests that strategy is destined to fail.

Poll is 'vote of confidence' - Labour

Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith says the results of the latest Sharp End poll represent a vote of confidence in Labour's leadership at Westminster and in Wales.

This poll is disastrous news for both the Tories and the Lib Dems. It shows the plummeting support for the UK coalition parties and a strong vote of confidence in the leadership of Ed Miliband and Carwyn Jones. That Plaid Cymru's support is also down shows that voters value the way the Welsh Labour Government is standing up for Wales in the face of cuts from Westminster.

There is a long way to go until the next elections but what is clear is that people can see for themselves the difference between a Labour Government investing in jobs and growth and protecting public services, and a Tory/Lib Dem Government prioritising a tax cut for millionaires while cutting support for working people.

– Owen Smith MP, Shadow Welsh Secretary

Plaid welcomes poll gains

It is very pleasing to see Plaid Cymru leading the votes on the National Assembly regional list, but we all recognise that there is a very long time to go before the next set of Assembly elections, and we are certainly not complacent.

Plaid Cymru is ambitious for Wales and voters are clearly recognising Leanne Wood’s honesty and integrity as a political leader.

Welsh politics is unique and it is important for Wales that there are more Welsh voters’ polls like this to show popular opinion in Wales.

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