Face to Face: row over Welsh Secretary David Jones' comments on gay parents

Adrian Masters interviewing Welsh Secretary David Jones Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

For the first of a new series of Face to Face I've been speaking to David Jones, the MP for Clwyd West who's been Secretary of State for Wales since last autumn's reshuffle.

In a wide-ranging interview he tells me what made him join the Conservative party at the age of 18, the family values of self-reliance learned from his father whom he describes as 'the hardest-working man I've ever met' and the role his Christian faith plays in his life.

We also deal with the controversies. Most recently his decision to vote against the UK Government's plans for equal marriage made him one of just two cabinet members to vote against. He explains why he took that decision.

He was involved in an earlier controversy during the short period when he was an Assembly Member, but then the row was about his membership of the Freemasons. What does he make of that dispute now?

Despite being a former AM, he's often painted as an anti-devolutionist or at best a reluctant convert. I ask him what his real feelings about devolution are and what he thinks about future powers for Wales.

You can watch the full programme below.

After the programme's broadcast, Mr Jones came for heavy criticism over his comments on the issue of equal marriage.

Campaign group Stonewall Cymru says it's 'saddened' by the comments. Its director, Andrew White, said opinion polls show that 62% of people in Wales support the UK Government's proposals for same-sex marriage. He added:

Following the criticism, Mr Jones issued the following statement: