The Welsh Conservatives are dismissing the latest Labour attack on their spending priorities which Llanelli AM Keith Davies says would have led to nearly 10,000 teachers losing their jobs since 2011. Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies says:
Far from cutting the number of teachers in Wales – Welsh Conservatives would empower them, giving staff and parents far more say about what happens in classrooms.
Direct funding of schools would get rid of the unwanted red tape and bureaucracy that hampers our teaching staff - while freeing up a hundred million pounds of additional investment for schools.
We will take no lectures from a hypocritical Labour party that has got it catastrophically wrong on education for the last ten years. Their own education minister was sacked last year because he disagreed with Labour policy.
It is Keith Davies’s party that has driven our education system into the ground and put our pupils at the bottom of the UK league table. He should apologise – not launch playground attacks on other politicians.
– Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Opposition
Meanwhile Shadow Education Minister Angela Burns said it's been Labour which has presided over school closures.
We have long campaigned for direct funding of schools in Wales - empowering teachers, boosting morale, cutting unwanted Labour bureaucracy, and investing in schools.
Keith Davies unashamedly fails to mention his own party’s cuts to the education budget – and the numerous school closures driven through by Labour.
Perhaps he can tell us how many teaching jobs Labour has cut in the last ten years?
The Llanelli AM Keith Davies, who has been seriously ill for nearly a month, is said to be recuperating at home after being discharged from the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. He'd been diagnosed with a blood clot on the brain. It's understood he was treated without the need for surgery.
Labour have released details on the condition of Llanelli AM Keith Davies who was taken 'seriously ill' last month.
Keith Davies’ condition is improving slowly. He is conscious and talking but he remains in a High Dependency Unit at University Hospital of Wales where tests are on-going.
Keith’s family and Welsh Labour would once again like to thank those who have sent in messages of support for Keith and we look forward to seeing him back at the Assembly when he makes a full recovery.
The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader says 'it wouldn't be right' for the parties in the Assembly to take political advantage of the serious illness of Llanelli AM Keith Davies. Kirsty Williams said she understands that Plaid Cymru has made a temporary 'pairing' agreement with the Welsh Government.
Mr Davies' absence leaves Labour without a majority, but the Lib Dem leader said the pairing arrangement is 'appropriate' and that it would be wrong for the other parties to take advantage of the situation.
She also said that she'd sent a text to the First Minister Carwyn Jones when she'd heard about Mr Davies' illness asking him to pass on the best wishes and prayers of her and and her party.
Keith Davies was rushed to accident and emergency late on Wednesday night. The Labour AM, 71, had attended a function organised by a public affairs group earlier in the evening.
On Wednesday night Keith Davies was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. He is currently undergoing tests at the neurosurgical unit. Everyone in Welsh Labour wishes him a speedy recovery.
– Welsh Labour spokesperson
Mr Davies is a father of two, who is married to wife Heddyr.