Commenting following the passing of the former First Minister, Rhodri Morgan, the leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, has said:
“Rhodri Morgan was a giant of devolved politics in Wales who served a hugely important role in stabilising the National Assembly during its formative years.
“As First Minister, his answers in the chamber were always worthy of attention and his encyclopedic knowledge across his brief ensured he was rarely wrong-footed.
“Our first meeting was not in the political arena but came after Rhodri was forced to barricade his garden late on an autumn Sunday evening after some of my cattle had misbehaved and wandered into the Morgans’ – he was undoubtedly one of life’s true characters.
“And while politically we didn’t see eye to eye, there is no question that he was held in high regard right across the political spectrum and he will be missed by all who knew him.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Julie and the family and as a mark of respect the Welsh Conservatives have suspended all campaigning today.”