1. ITV Report

Row over flying of the Union Jack flag at Royal Welsh Show

Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths said she no longer wants to see the Union Jack flown at the Royal Welsh Show. Credit: PA Images

A row has broken out between the Welsh Labour and Conservative parties over whether the Union Jack flag should be flown at the Royal Welsh Show.

Lesley Griffiths, the Environment Secretary, has said she no longer wants to see the Union Jack flown at the Royal Welsh Show.

Leslie Griffiths said she would prefer to see the Welsh flag at the show

I, personally, want to see the Welsh dragon all over the food hall.

My view is that we do not want to see the union jack on the Royal Welsh Show food hall. It’s our big shop to the world.

– Lesley Griffiths speaking at the Senedd.

The Welsh Government says it has raised concerns with the organisers of the Royal Welsh Show about the 'branding' in the Food Hall at this year's show.

The confrontation took place during a meeting of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee in the Senedd.

The Royal Welsh Show is the biggest agricultural show in Europe.

Commenting, Andrew RT Davies said the Welsh and UK flags should continue to be flown.

Mr RT Davies said people are

This was a remarkable and worrying statement from the Cabinet Secretary confirming Welsh Government policy is to take down the union flag at all costs.

People are proud to see the Welsh and Union Jack fly side by side, and we should be utilising the strengths and qualities of both to further Wales’s interests.

The First Minister must immediately clarify these remarks and whether his government is now pursuing an agenda which is more at home with Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP in Scotland.

– Andrew RT Davies AM, Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Environment Secretary

The Welsh Government says it will be working closely with the Royal Welsh Show on branding next year's event.

We are extremely proud of our globally recognised Welsh food and drink industry which is why we always showcase our quality produce in the food hall at the biggest agriculture show of the year.

The branding of this year’s Food Hall was a commercial arrangement between the Royal Welsh Show and the UK Government.

We have raised our concerns about the branding of this year’s Food Hall with the RWAS and will be working ever closer with them on planning next year’s sponsorship.

– A Welsh Government spokesperson