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Fresh speculation about Tory leader's future

A file picture of Theresa May's Joint Chief of Staff Nick Timothy Credit: PA

Reports that Conservative Assembly Group staff were sent home early today led to speculation that Welsh leader Andrew RT Davies was meeting Theresa May's Joint Chief of Staff Nick Timothy. That's denied by official Welsh Conservative sources.

MPs who've criticised Mr Davies' decision to allow UKIP defector Mark Reckless into the Tory Group have been confident that they have the support of Downing Street. ITV News understands that at least one AM is preparing to mount a leadership challenge next week. Mr Davies appeared unconcerned tonight.


Tories and UKIP attack Plaid plan to keep EU laws

Plaid Cymru's call for EU laws affecting devolved areas to remain in force after Brexit has come under fire from the Conservatives and UKIP. Plaid want the Assembly to pass a bill turning EU laws and regulations into Welsh law, partly because the party fears that otherwise the powers will pass to ministers in London.

This reinforces just how out of step Plaid Cymru are with public opinion, and with the voters they claim to represent. Just weeks ago the Welsh public voted to restore the sovereignty of British law – not to introduce a new Bill that would permanently gold plate every single edict and directive emanating from Brussels.

The Prime Minister’s Great Repeal Bill is the first step towards returning sovereignty to Westminster, where the Welsh national interest is represented by its MPs.

– Welsh Conservative Spokesperson

This is an anti-democratic political stunt. Wales voted decisively for Brexit and the so called ‘Party of Wales’, Plaid Cymru should respect the referendum result.

Political decisions will be made in future by elected politicians in Westminster & Cardiff Bay and not unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

– UKIP Spokesperson

In the Senedd, Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis asked the First Minister if the Welsh Government would support the idea of a "Great Continuity Bill" to preserve EU law in devolved areas. Carwyn Jones replied that he would first want to see what was in the UK Government's "Great Repeal Bill".

The principle must be that no powers are lost to the people of Wales. In devolved areas, they must come straight here.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM


Conservatives promise 'real change' for Wales

The Welsh Conservatives will today launch their Assembly election campaign from the Cardiff City Stadium. Leader Andrew RT Davies will call for Wales to turn from 'red to blue' in May.

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The campaign launch follows the Party's Llangollen Conference last week, where the Welsh Conservatives outlined their five main pledges for Wales.

Welsh Conservative Party pledges for Wales:

  • Protect the NHS
  • Create more jobs
  • Deliver excellence in education
  • Provide security and dignity for older people
  • Treble free childcare

After 17 years of Labour failure, Wales needs real change. Welsh Conservatives have a clear plan to secure that real change; and we’re ready to turn Wales from red to blue.

From protecting the NHS budget, to creating more jobs by backing small businesses and improving infrastructure, and delivering excellence in education, we stand ready to take Wales on a new path.

Our pledges to put a weekly cap on costs and protect £100,000 of assets for those in residential care, and our commitment to treble free childcare, further demonstrate how Welsh Conservatives are ready to secure real change, and deliver opportunities, for all people in Wales.

– Andrew RT Davies AM, Welsh Conservative Leader
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