The position of the Welsh Labour Government’s Natural Resources & Food Minister is untenable, Welsh Conservatives claimed, after a report into his recent conduct concluded that he had broken the Ministerial Code.
In a statement the First Minister stated that the Minister “did not exercise sufficient care in clearly establishing the perception of full separation between his ministerial and constituency roles.”
He concluded “it is clear to me that the Ministerial Code was breached”, the Minister has apologised, but “no further action” will be taken.
The last Welsh Government Minister to be involved in a conflict of interest between his ministerial and constituency roles was forced to resign.
Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Opposition, said, “After weeks of dithering and a lack of leadership from Carwyn Jones, this is a weak decision.
“This fudge shows Carwyn Jones doesn’t have the courage to take tough decisions or set the highest standards in public office.
“What is the point in having a Ministerial Code if the First Minister, as judge, jury and executioner, can turn a blind eye to breaches and let Ministers drift along regardless?
“This report makes clear that the Minister and wider Cabinet received numerous warnings about public statements on the Circuit of Wales proposals, but the Minister ignored them.
“It is black and white – the Minister breached the Ministerial Code. His position is now untenable.
“The Natural Resources Minister, having clearly breached the Ministerial Code, should now do the decent thing and fall on his sword.”