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Ministerial scandal raises 'serious' wider questions

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Commenting on the dismissal of the Natural Resources Minister from Labour’s Cabinet – following his attempts to gain private information about the financial interests of a number of Assembly Members – Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies AM, said:

“Efforts to gain this information – in what would appear to be attempts to smear Assembly Members – is reminiscent of Damien McBride’s era under Gordon Brown.

“What possible reason could the former Minister have for trying to obtain this information?

“His sacking was inevitable and questions must also be raised about his continuing role as an Assembly Member. This – effectively – is gross misconduct, and we have today written to the Standards Commissioner, making the case that this person may not be a fit and proper person to hold elected office.

“There are clearly much wider questions to be asked about the type of government Labour’s Carwyn Jones is running.

“That the First Minister refused to sack Alun Davies following a clear breach of the Ministerial Code – and only made the right decision following what appears to be attempts to smear – raises very real concerns over trust and procedure.

“What did the First Minister know and when? And what did his Special Advisers know?

“Welsh Conservatives will continue to fiercely question Labour’s leader over this hugely worrying scandal – and we urge the Labour Party to take appropriate action.”

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