Cancer remarks withdrawn after 'boundary crossed'

The First Minister has asked the Conservative leader in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies, to withdraw a remark he made at question time in the Senedd. During angry clashes over the funding of cancer treatment in Wales, Mr Davies called Carwyn Jones 'the enemy of cancer patients'.

Mr Jones said he felt that the comments had crossed the boundary of what was acceptable. His mother died of cancer less than three years ago. Mr Davies withdrew his remark, saying that no personal offence was intended. He revealed that he had lost his own mother to cancer when he was 15 years old.

At First Minister's questions, Mr Jones had defended his government's decision not to have a cancer treatment fund similar to the one established in England. He argued that spending per head on cancer patients is already higher in Wales.